Gordon MP Richard Thomson has lent his support to Injury Prevention Week which takes place from 2nd to 6th August.
Figures released by the Association for Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) show that more than half the population of Scotland regularly fails to consider the safety of others as they go about their daily business.
“Most people don’t seem to consider if their actions could injure other people during their day-to-day activities, like driving or maintaining their houses or running their businesses,” said Mike Benner, chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) which hosts Injury Prevention Week every year.
YouGov research commissioned by APIL found that only 45 per cent of people polled in Scotland “always” or “often” think about their impact on the safety of others when undertaking regular activities.
“For the past 18 months we have all been asked to take extraordinary precautions to keep each other safe from coronavirus. You could be forgiven for hoping that the mindset of caring for others might extend beyond the pandemic, but this research suggests the opposite is true,” said Mr Benner.
“There were 564,359 personal injury claims registered last year in Britain*. That is Hampden Park stadium packed ten times over with people who have suffered needless injuries. Some of those injuries will almost certainly have a devastating impact on people and their families, the NHS and the economy,” he said.
“That’s why we’re going back to basics this Injury Prevention Week. We are calling on everyone to think about their role in reducing needless injuries. The simple act of thinking about the impact of our activities on other people is not rocket science. It’s common sense.”
Commenting, Gordon MP Richard Thomson said:
“Any initiative which highlights public safety and helps to reduce accidents and injuries is very welcome so I am delighted to give my backing to Injury Prevention Week and help highlight these statistics, which should give us all pause for thought.
“Let’s be careful out there, keep ourselves and others safe, and help make Injury Prevention Week a success.”