Every year the Health and Safety Executive releases their latest statistics on work related injuries, illnesses and accidents from workplaces in the UK. 1.2 million of working people within the statistics suffered from an illness that they believed was made worse, or caused by work, with 0.8 million former workers reporting that they are suffering from illness or injury from their previous line of work.
According to these findings 27.3 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury. This has a huge impact on the British economy with work related health issues costing society an estimated £14.3 billion in 2013/14.
169,000 cases of muscular skeletal issues were also reported last year. Reports of ill health by doctors and a sample of around 250 GP’s (General Practitioners) reported that “Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) were the most common type of work-related illness.” In workplaces with 5 employees or more, risk factors contributing towards MSD’s included ‘repetitive hand or arm movements’ and ‘working in tiring or painful positions’.
The estimated number of new cases of stress, depression or anxiety has remained broadly flat for over 10 years, with an estimate of 234,000 cases last year. However mental ill health was the cause for the most working days lost last year.
586 cases were prosecuted by HSE in England and Wales and 12,430 enforcement notices were issued by all enforcing authorities last year.
Health and safety has vastly improved in the last 40 years. However these figures still tell us that we are still failing to meet employee health and happiness standards. It’s fair to say that no one should be made to suffer due to a poor workplace. If you need some advice on how to make your team happier, healthier and more productive, let us know your issue below and one of our assessors will get back to you.