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work makes 1.4m people ILL

1.4 million employees suffer from work-related ill health © iStock

1 November 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

There are 1.4 million working people suffering from work-related ill health in the UK, according to statistics from the government’s Health & Safety Executive published this week.

The health and safety figures also show there were 541,000 workers suffering from a new case of work-related ill health in 2017/18. 

There were 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and workplace injury and £15 billion was the estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2016/17).

The rate of self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety was broadly flat but has shown signs of increasing in recent years.

Working days lost per worker due to self reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety shows no clear long-term trend and working days lost due to stress, depression or anxiety account for 57 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health.

The rate of self-reported work-related musculoskeletal disorders showed a generally downward trend. 

Manual handling, awkward or tiring positions and keyboard work or repetitive action are estimated to be the main causes of work-related musculoskeletal disorders based on 2009/10-2011/12 Labour Force Survey data. 

There has been a long-term downward trend in the rate of fatal injury to the levels last seen in 2012/13 and, more recently, the rate has been broadly flat. 

The statistics also show that the UK also consistently has one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU, lower than other large economies and the EU average.

The statistics can be viewed here: www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/hssh1718.pdf