HSE releases Great Britain’s annual injury and ill health statistics

Too many workers in Britain’s workplaces are still being injured or made ill by their work - HSE says.

Annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18.

 

Key figures for Great Britain show that in 2017/18 there were;

  • 144 fatal injuries at work
  • 1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • 493 cases were prosecuted and resulted in a conviction. Fines from convictions totalled £72.6 million

Workplace injury and new cases of ill health cost Britain £15.0 billion a year with 30.7 million working days lost.

Construction and agriculture continue to be among the higher risk sectors and there have been no significant changes in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their work.

The HSE say that these figures confirm the scale of the challenge they face in making Britain a healthier and safer place to work and shows that there are still areas to improve on to prevent death, injury and ill health in the workplace.

Martin Temple, HSE Chair, said of the findings: “These figures should serve as a reminder to us of the importance to manage risk and undertake good health and safety practice in the work place.

“Great Britain’s health and safety record is something we should all be proud of, but there is still much to be done to ensure that every worker goes home at the end of their working day safe and healthy.

“Collectively we must take responsibility to prevent these incidents that still affect too many lives every year, and continue to all play our part in Helping Great Britain Work Well.”

For more information you can click the link below:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2018/october/hse-releases-great-britains-annual-injury-ill-health-statistics.htm

 

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