05 November 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The number of injuries and incidents of ill health in workplaces across Britain is still too high, new statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show.
The annual report by the national health and safety body includes statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, enforcement action taken, and the associated costs to Britain.
Figures show that around 581,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries in 2018/2019, with 1.4 million workers suffering from work-related ill health.
The statistics, compiled from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, illustrate that in Britain in the 2018/2019 period there were:
- 147 fatal injuries at work;
- 1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness;
- 364 cases were prosecuted and resulted in a conviction - fines from convictions totalled £54.5 million; and
- 28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.
The estimated economic cost to Britain totalled £15 billion in 2017/2018.
There have been no significant changes to industries in which there is a higher risk of sustaining an injury while at work, with construction and agriculture still among the high-risk sectors.
Despite Britain continuing to be one of the safest places to work, the reported figures highlight there are areas to be improved upon to prevent fatalities, injuries and ill health.
The figures highlight the scale of the challenge HSE currently faces in making Britain a healthier and safer place to work.
Martin Temple, HSE chair, said: "These figures should highlight to us all the vital importance of managing risk and promoting behaviours to improve the standard of good health and safety practice in the workplace."
The full annual injury and ill-health statistics report can be found here.