Last year, 30.4 million working days were lost due to work related illness, with 3 million people reporting a work-related illness under RIDDOR – these are sobering figures in the modern workplace.
Every year, in workplaces across Britain, people are injured or suffer illness in the course of their work. Each case imposes the following costs:
- Human costs – the impact on the individual’s quality of life and for fatal injuries, loss of life, impact on loved ones
- Financial costs – loss of production due to absence from work, and healthcare costs
Total ‘economic costs’ of workplace injuries and ill-health combines a valuation of the above two costs. Total costs have seen a downward trend between 2004/05 and 2009/10 (driven largely by falls in injury costs); although since that time, annual costs have broadly levelled-out.
For more on the costs of workplace accidents, read our blog post.
Brenig Moore, Operations Director at Astutis commented:
‘The latest figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are representative of the state of health and safety in the UK labour market in recent years. A plateau effect is emerging and as with everything, we need to work harder to see smaller gains on paper. These small gains however, will translate into huge gains to both families and businesses alike. Workplace injuries and fatalities, set within a broader topic of health and safety at work, need to be given due regard and policies and procedures need to be implemented across businesses by establishing buy-in and commitment at all levels. It is only when we start to see this rate of adoption drastically improve by group commitment to communicated ideals and standards, that we will start to see these figures move in the right direction once more.’
Latest estimates released by the HSE together with National Statistics, show that in 2015/16 621,000 employees were injured in workplace accidents and a further 1.3 million workers suffered a new case of ill-health – believe to be caused or made worse by their work.
- People killed at work: 144
- People suffering from a work related illness: 3 million
- Other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR: 72,702
- Injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey: 621,000
- Working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury: 30.4 million
- Estimated cost of injuries and ill-health from current working conditions (2014/15): £14.1 billion
With employment levels taken into account, the 144 workplace fatalities of 2015/16 (2 up on 2014/15 statistics and set against a 5 year average of 155), represent a rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers.
Fatal injury annual statistics are influenced by multiple fatalities – one incident resulting in more than one death – of which there were 3 such incidents in 2015/16 which resulted in eight confirmed deaths in the manufacturing sector. Two incidents resulted in two deaths each in the East of England region and Wales. A further incident resulted in a total of four deaths in the North West at Bosley Mill.