Health and safety Executives (HSE) release annual illness and injury statistics
The annual statistics for illness and injury have been released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for 2015/16. The report uses information from a number of sources, including RIDDOR reporting, the Labour Force Survey, HSE cost model & enforcement data, as well as death certificates to gather important facts regarding injuries and illness in the workplace.
Figures for occupational ill health for 2015/16 consists of 1.3 million workers suffering from work-related illness (up 18% since 2011), 0.5 million suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders, 0.5 million suffering from work-related stress, anxiety or depression and 2,515 deaths as a result of mesothelioma, which is a cancer associated with exposure to asbestos.
An alarming 30.4 million work days were lost as a result of work-related illnesses and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2015/16.
In 2014/15, if you exclude long term illnesses such as cancer, the estimated cost for businesses concerning injuries and ill-health, was around £14.1 billion and for new work-related illness cases, the monetary cost was £9.3 billion during the same period.
Figures for non-fatal and fatal injuries for 2015/16 are; 0.6 million non-fatal injuries to workers, 72,202 non-fatal injuries to workers that were reported by their employers and 144 fatal injuries to workers.
The bulk of fatal injuries were a result of workers falling from heights, followed secondly by employers being hit by a moving vehicle.
Although the number of workers killed at work is still far too high at 144 for 2015/16, the number of deaths at work has fallen by 85% since 1974.
In 2014/15, the yearly costs of injury in the workplace was £4.8 billion.
Since 2013/14, workplace injuries are down by 1.3%. Construction injuries are 0.9% down on 2014/15, so too are manufacturing injuries, 6.8% down compared to last years figures.
Deaths from mesothelioma continue to stay around the 2,000 mark and these figures are projected to remain the same up until the end of this decade, before we start to see a decline in the number of deaths.
Compared to figures from other EU countries, such as France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain, the UK does have the lowest number of fatal injuries but we only appear second in comparison when it comes to the percentage of health issues and self-reported work related injuries that turn into sick leave.
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