Accidents at home cost a total of £45bn a year in the UK, according to new findings.RSS Feed
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has found that on average, an injury at home costs £16,900 and results in about 2.7 million people needing hospital treatment.
Accounting for hospital bills, time off work and benefits, the cost has almost doubled to £45 billion a year since 1996, when RoSPA reported it was £25.62 billion, said the news agency.
RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey said that more attention needs to be paid to the prevention of accidents in the home.
He said: "It is a sad fact that overall accidental deaths have increased in recent years. Accidents typically associated with the home, such as falls, account for some of this rise.
"It is time to get serious about accident prevention, particularly in the home, which has been the Cinderella of safety for far too long because injuries are suffered behind closed doors."
This report comes before RoSPA's National Home Safety congress this week (November 1st to 2nd) which will look at the value of home safety.Back to Accident claim news news