HSE injury and ill health statistics published

The HSE recently released their annual injury and ill health report for Great Britain (2017/2018). The findings show that there are still too many workers in the UK being injured.

There were 144 fatal injuries at work this year, with 1.4 million workers suffering from work-related ill health and approximately 541,000 from other injuries. This figure has actually increased from 516,000 on the number from the previous year.

Mental health issues have increased from 526,000 in 2016/17 to 595,000 In 2017/18 with 239,000 recorded as suffering from new cases of work related stress and again is an increase on the previous year’s figures. This shows that there needs to be focus on mental health awareness in the workplace.

In 2016/17 there were 1.3 million work-related ill health cases; meaning this year the amount of workers suffering from ill health has risen. The amount of workers suffering from non-fatal injuries has increased by 1%, and the amount of fatal injuries has also increased from 137 last year to 144 for this year.

The amount of working days lost due to injuries and ill health in 2017/18 was 30.7 million.

Work-related injury and illness cost business £15 billion, which is only a slight increase from last year’s £14.9 billion. The value of fines due to workplace injury and illness has also increased to £72.6 million, with manufacturing being the most widely-fined industry out of all the different sectors.

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