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HSE Count the Cost of Work Related Ill Health and Injury

October 29, 2015
Health and Safety

Latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that work related ill health and injury cost the economy £14.3 billion in 2014/15. An estimated 27.3 million working days were lost affecting over a million employees, while the number of workplace fatalities rose by 9 to 142. The highest rates of fatalities were once again found in construction and agriculture.

The annual Health and Safety Statistics Report found that workplace injuries dropped slightly to 611,000 but criminal prosecutions during the year went up with 728 prosecutions taken and 12,430 enforcement notices served.

Commenting on the report HSE Chair Judith Hackett said; “Behind the statistics are people, their families, friends, work colleagues, directly affected by something that’s gone wrong, that is usually entirely preventable. Nobody should lose their life or become ill simply from doing their job. These figures show that, despite the great strides and improvements made over the last 40 years since Britain’s health and safety regime was established, there is still more that can be done.”

Slips and trips were still the most common causes of accidents accounting for 28% of RIDDOR notifications. The figures showed a historical legacy related to lung disease and cancer with 13,000 deaths thought to be related to previous exposures. The number of new cases of stress, depression or anxiety has remained broadly flat for more than a decade, with an estimate of 234,000 in the latest year.

You can view a copy of the full report here.