1.4 Million Suffering From Work-Related Ill Health

Statistics released each year by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that, despite the fact that Britain is still one of the safest places in which to work, 1.4 million employees still suffered from work-related ill health in 2017/2018.

Not only that but about 555,000 suffered non-fatal injuries over the year as well, while there were 144 fatal injuries sustained in the workplace. Some 30.7 million working days were lost because of injury and illness, with 493 cases prosecuted that resulted in a conviction… new cases of ill health and workplace injury cost Britain £15 billion a year.

Since no real changes in industries were workers are most likely to be injured have been seen (with agriculture and construction still among the higher risk sectors), these figures show that there is still room for improvement with regards to preventing death, injury and ill health in the workplace.

HSE chair Martin Temple commented: “These figures should serve as a reminder to us of the importance to manage risk and undertake good health and safety practice in the work place.

“Great Britain’s health and safety record is something we should all be proud of, but there is still much to be done to ensure that every worker goes home at the end of their working day safe and healthy.”

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, made further comments on the findings, saying that the UK is now facing a “growing epidemic” where work-related stress is concerned, adding that it’s time both the government and employers took the issue more seriously.

She went on to say that managers need to make sure that they’re doing more to reduce what’s causing all the stress at work and supporting those staff members who are finding it hard to cope.

Issues such as bullying in the office and excessive workloads should be tackled as a priority, since “toxic” workplaces are bad for both employees and productivity. Ms O’Grady also recommended joining a union if you do feel that you’re suffering from anxiety, depression or stress at work since this is a highly effective way of making sure your concerns are heard.

TUC research published at the start of October found that stress is in fact the top concern among UK workplaces, with 70 per cent of company reps saying that this is the main issue they have to deal with in the office.

Other top concerns for those working in office environments include bullying and harassment, overwork, slips, trips and falls, and violence and threats.

Ms O’Grady said at the time that those in charge need to make sure that they’re doing more to both identify and reduce the risks and help anyone who is finding it hard.

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