Injuries and Ill Health Cost £14.2 billion According to HSE
The latest injury and ill health statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013/14.
While fatalities fell to 133 from 150 the previous year there were still 77,593 other injuries reported under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) which adds up to 304.6 injuries per 100,000 employees. The report also estimates that as many as two million people are suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by current or past work. The cost to the economy is estimated to be £14.2 billion based on 2012 prices.
Taking aim at the compensation culture which so often overshadows health and safety considerations HSE Chair Judith Hackett said; “Jobsworths using ‘elf n safety as a convenient excuse for all manner of things, and those claiming health and safety is a burden, need to reflect on this. Britain has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, but that is cold comfort to those who have suffered loss or suffering that is so easily avoided with sensible and proportionate risk management.”
The risks associated with work sectors have remained broadly the same with construction, agriculture, manufacturing and waste and recycling among those with the highest numbers of reported injuries.