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Employees are being denied compensation as a result of cutbacks in basic health and safety protections at work.
This is according to a report produced by workers' health journal Hazards and supported by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which has found the number of people receiving awards because of work-related injuries or diseases has dropped by 60 per cent in the past ten years.
In 2000-01, some 219,183 employees received compensation, but this figure fell to 87,655 in 2011-12.
This flies in the face of claims by numerous government ministers of the existence of a compensation culture in the UK.
For example, over 4,000 workers die from work-related chronic bronchitis and emphysema every year, but only 59 received compensation in 2011-12.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady accused the government of trying to "brainwash" people over claims of a compensation culture.
"However, the facts tell a very different story. Even those dying from work-related diseases have precious little chance of getting compensation," she added.
By Francesca Whitney
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