Workplace Injury & Sickness Statistics are still too high

injury and sickness statistics

The latest annual injury and sickness statistics released from the Health & Safety Executive show that a staggering 1.3 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and there were 609,000 workplace injuries in 2016-2017.

Although Britain remains one of the safest places to work, there is still a lot of work to be done to bring these figures down.

Workplace injury and illness cost Britain £14.9 billion a year, with a vast 31.2 million working days lost.

HSE injury and sickness statistics show that in 2016/17 there were:

  • 3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)
  • 137 workers killed at work
  • 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)

In 2016, the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into force with twenty large fines worth a total of £30.7 million.

HSE Chair, Martin Temple said:

“These latest figures should act as a spur to reduce the impact of ill-health and injury on Britain’s workforce and businesses and we cannot rest on our reputation.”

“We will only achieve long-term improvement by a collective approach to improve workplace standards. Poor standards lead to poor health and increased injuries, which is bad for the workforce and business.”

All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for this is down to employers. If you are an employer, you have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business.

You also have a duty to provide your employees with information about the risks in your workplace and how your employees are protected. Training on how to deal with specific risks within your workplace in also a legal requirement.

The Enterprise solution from Safety Media uses a unique, custom built learning management system which also includes a full library of over 125 Health & Safety and Compliance based training courses. The system includes tools such as Incident Reporting, Risk Management, Audits and Document Management.

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