Workplace Health and Safety Statistics for 2016

Workplace Health and Safety Statistics for 2016

25th February 2016

Here at Safety Fabrications we’re committed to keeping our readers up to date with all the latest news and views within the construction industry, including news on health and safety in the workplace.  We’ve just been taking a look at the UK Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual Health and Safety Statistics for 2015 which cover work related injury, ill health, enforcement and costs in Great Britain.  Despite the fact that the UK is one of the safest places in Europe in which to work the latest health and safety statistics released by HSE show that 27.3 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2014/2015 so there’s definitely some room for improvement there.

Here are some of the statistics set out in bullet points:

·         1.2 million People who worked during the last year were suffering from a work related illness.

·         0.8 Million former workers (who last worked more than 12 months ago) were suffering from a work related illness.

·         There were 2,538 mesothelioma deaths here in the UK, all caused by exposure to asbestos.

·         There were 142 fatalities in the work place last year.

·         611,000 employees were injured in the workplace last year.

·         76,000 employee injuries were reported under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).

·         27.3 million working days were lost, 23.3 million due to work related ill health and 4.1 million as a result of injuries sustained in the workplace.

·         The economic costs to the UK totalled £14.3 billion – these are the estimated costs to Britain due to workplace injuries and new cases of work related ill health.

When we take a look at enforcement activities during 2014/2015 we can see that:

·         728 cases were prosecuted in Britain.

·         12.430 enforcement notices were issued in Britain.

These statistics provide us with some sobering information that demonstrates that however safe we think the UK is to work in, there are still risks involved when working and that we need to pay more attention to health and safety in the workplace in order to reduce the deaths, injuries and costs involved.

When we take a look at the breakdown figures we can clearly see that of the 1.2 million people who suffered from a work related illness, 516,000 were new cases.

In order to aid health and safety professionals to educate employees about the consequences of poor health and safety practices the HSE has produced a handy infographic style poster which sets out all the key information in a visual and easy to understand format.  Health and safety professionals, managers and business owners can order a copy of the poster to display on site from the HSE for £7.50.

If you’re a business owner, site operator or an employee who’s responsible for health and safety in the workplace, why not head on over to the HSE now and order a copy of the poster.  £7.50 is a small price to pay if it helps to avoid just one case of work related illness or injury.