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Work related illnesses top 1.4 million annually

3rd Dec 2018

A new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report shows that 1.4 million people in the UK were suffering from a work-related illness in 2017/18.

The report, compiled by HSE from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, also reveals that around 550,000 workers suffered from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18 and there were 144 fatal injuries at work in the same time period.

There were 30.7 million working days lost due to work related illness and workplace injury over the time period surveyed. Workplace injury and new cases of ill-health costs the UK £15 billion each year. The construction and agriculture sectors remain the most likely industries to suffer injury at work.

The report shows that there were 493 cases prosecuted to result in a conviction, as the total in fines resulting from conviction was recorded at £72.6 million.

Despite the UK being one of the safest places to work in the world, HSE Chair Martin Temple said that there are still areas for improvement.

Martin Temple, HSE Chair, said: “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.

“Collectively we must take responsibility to prevent these incidents that still affect too many lives every year and continue to all play our part in helping Great Britain work well,” he concluded.

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