• 8th July 2016

New HSE Health & Safety Report

The Health and Safety Executive has released a new report detailing Health and Safety Statistics for Great Britain for 2014/15; we’ve summarised the key points below.

142 workers were killed at work, at a rate of 46 fatalities per million workers, with a further 76,000 other injuries reported. Scotland has the highest rate of fatal injuries at 20 deaths per 100,000 workers, followed closely by the South West at 19 per 100,000. Wales and London are the least fatal areas, with only 9 deaths per 100,000 workers each.

Though physical risk factors ranked very highly (risks #2 – #8 are all physical and include lifting/moving, chemical/biological substances and repetitive movement), the most present workplace risk is psychological: dealing with difficult customers/patients/pupils/clients.

The 14/15 year saw a reduction in the total number of cases of stress, depression or anxiety (down to 440,000) from 13/14 (487,000), but is still higher than 11/12 (430,000) and at least the two preceding years.

Cases of musculoskeletal disorders are still rising, at 553,000 for 14/15, up from 443,000 in 11/12 and 526,000 in 13/14. The 14/15 year is the highest since 09/10 – 576,000.

The average days lost per case for stress, depression or anxiety (23 days) was higher than the same for musculoskeletal disorders (17 days).

Workers in skilled trade occupations and care, leisure and other personal service occupations have statistically significantly higher rates of both injury and ill health, compared to all occupations.

With regards to fatalities and self-reported work-related health problems resulting in sick leave, Great Britain is performing better than France, Italy, Spain, Poland and Germany. Regarding self-reported work-related injuries resulting in sick leave and establishments regularly conducting workplace risk assessments, we are on par with those countries.

This information is based on a sample size of around 41,000 households each quarter.

You can read the full report here.

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