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ANNUAL WORKPLACE INJURY AND SICKNESS STATS STILL TOO HIGH

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Ill health costs Britain £14.9 billion a year © iStock

8 November 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


The latest annual injury and ill-health statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.3 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and there were 609,000 workplace injuries in 2016/17.

 

The figures show that although Britain remains one of the safest places to work, there is still work to do to drive figures down.

 

Workplace injury and new cases of ill health cost Britain £14.9 billion a year, with 31.2 million working days lost.

 

The annual statistics, compiled by HSE from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, cover work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, costs to Britain and enforcement action taken.

 

  • Top line statistics show that in 2016/17 there were:
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  • • 137 fatal injuries in Britain’s workplaces.
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  • • 70,116 other injuries reported by employers.

  • • 12,000 lung disease deaths estimated to be linked to past work exposures.

  • • 554 cases prosecuted with fines from convictions totalling £69.9 million.

Martin Temple, HSE chair, said: “These latest figures should act as a spur to reduce the impact of ill-health and injury on Britain’s workforce and businesses and we cannot rest on our reputation.

 

“We will only achieve long-term improvement by a collective approach to improve workplace standards. Poor standards lead to poor health and increased injuries, which is bad for the workforce and business.”

 

Although there were fewer prosecutions taken in 2016/17, the statistics show an increase in fines to £69.9 million from the 2015/16 total of £38.8 million.

 

New sentencing guidelines in England and Wales were introduced in 2016. Twenty large fines accounted for £30.7 million of the new figure.

 

Fines are not collected by HSE, but are levied by the courts in criminal cases and paid to HM Treasury.

 

The full annual injury and ill-health statistics report can be found here