The Health & Safety Executive have recently released their 2015 / 2016 Health & Safety Statistics.
Last year, 30.4 million working days were lost due to work related illness, with 3 million people reporting a work-related illness under RIDDOR – these are sobering figures in the modern workplace.
Every year, in workplaces across Britain, people are injured or suffer illness in the course of their work. Each case imposes the following costs:
- Human costs – Tragically the impact on the individual’s quality of life and for fatal injuries, loss of life and impact on loved ones.
- Financial costs – loss of production due to absence from work, and healthcare costs.
Latest estimates released by the HSE together with National Statistics, show that in 2015 /16 employers reported 72,702 employees with workplace injuries and a further 1.3 million workers suffered a new case of ill-health, believe to be caused or made worse by their work. A huge 30.4 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and injuries.
Although the general trend shows a decrease of almost half over the last 20 years, the last 2 years have seen a rise from 136 to 144 fatalities.
What do these safety statistics mean?
Every employer should take steps to ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place across the business. Risk assessments and relevant training can undoubtedly save lives.
The Health and Safety Executive has called on all sectors to learn lessons from these safety statistics to ensure workers return home safe from work.
Martin Temple, HSE Chair said:
“One death at work or life needlessly shortened, is one too many and behind every statistic lies a real story of loss and heartbreak and families left to grieve. Britain has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, but we should always be looking to improve and to prevent incidents that cost lives.”
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