Injury and ill-health statistics highlight workplace dangers

Key figures for Great Britain (2013/14) 29 October 2014


1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
2535 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2012)
133 workers killed at work
78,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
629,000 injuries at work from the Labour Force Survey
28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
£14.2 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2012/13) 

Judith Hackitt, the chair of HSE, says that behind every number is the reality of a real person being killed or suffering injuries or ill health while simply doing their job. 

Judith Hackitt said: “These latest figures remind us what health and safety is really about. We should remind ourselves what these numbers actually mean – the number of times in the last year someone went out to work and either did not return home to their loved ones or came home with life changing injuries.

“The health numbers also demonstrate the scale of harm being done to people’s health while at work, too often leading to premature death.

“Jobsworths using ‘elf n safety as a convenient excuse for all manner of things, and those claiming health and safety is a burden, need to reflect on this. Britain has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, but that is cold comfort to those who have suffered loss or suffering that is so easily avoided with sensible and proportionate risk management.

“We all need to commit to focussing on what really matters – ensuring more people return home from work every day and enjoy long and healthy working lives.”

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