Last week, The Health and Safety Executive website released the latest figures for work-related health and safety accidents, deaths and working days lost due to illness or injuries in Britain.
Since 2005, a surveillance scheme has collected reports of from a sample of around 250 GPs to find out the latest statistics are for new cases of work-related ill health. Each year these the results are collected and published online.
Musculoskeletal disorders & stress
A worrying factor was that around 80 per cent of new work-related conditions were either musculoskeletal disorders or stress, depression or anxiety. The level of 169,000 workers reporting a musculoskeletal disorders has fallen slightly from last year but still remains a big issue. However there was a significant increase in the number of mental health cases reported.
Working days lost 27.3 million days were lost due to work-related ill health or injury (15 days per case). 23.3 million days were lost due to work-related ill health and 4.1 million due to workplace injury.
The average days lost per case for stress, depression or anxiety (23 days) was higher than for musculoskeletal disorders (17 days).
Economic costs to Britain Injuries and new cases of ill health resulting largely from current working conditions cost society an estimated £14.3 billion over the last 12 months.
Injuries & Deaths
Latest estimates show that annually over 600,000 workers sustain an injury at work and over 1.2 million workers suffer a work-related illness that they believe to be work-related.
1.2 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their work, of which 0.5 million were new conditions that started during the year. A further 0.8 million former workers (who last worked over 12 months ago) were suffering from an illness which was caused or made worse by their past work.
142 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers. 76,000 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 293 per 100,000 employees.
Health and safety statistics 2014/15
Published online on the 27 October, the latest statistics on work-related health and safety in Great Britain and includes the following key annual figures (2014/15):
- 1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness.
- 2,538 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2013).
- 142 workers killed at work.
- 76,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR.
- 611,000 injuries at work from the Labour Force Survey.
- 27.3 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.
- £14.3 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2013/14).
Read the full report here