The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published annual statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, enforcement action taken and the associated costs of work-related injury for 2018/2019.
The statistics show that there were:
This information was taken from The HSE Statistics Summary document.
The estimated cost of work-related injury and new cases of ill health for 2017/2018 was £15 billion. This figure excludes long-latency illnesses such as cancer.
Industries with ill-health rates significantly higher than the rate for all industries were:
- Public administration and defence;
- Human health and social work; and
Agriculture, forestry and construction continue to be amongst the sectors with statistically higher injury rates than the rate for all industries.
The UK has compared favourably with other EU countries in terms of health and safety statistics over the past few years. In 2016, the UK had one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU, lower than other large economies and the EU average.
Insight from HSE Chair Chris Martin Temple
“Great Britain’s position as one of the safest places to work should be a point of pride for us all, but these figures show there is still much to be done to ensure workers go home both healthy and safe.
“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.
“We must all share the responsibility of ensuring everybody is aware of what they need to do to work right by preventing work-related incidents, and making our places of work healthier and safer for everyone.”