Over 4 million working days lost due to injuries at work.
January 9, 2012 Leave a comment
Figures have been recently published by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for 2010/11 and read as follows:
- 1.2 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 0.5 million of these were new conditions which started during the year.
- A further 0.7 million former workers (who last worked over 12 months ago) were suffering from an illness which was caused or made worse by their past work.
- 2321people died from mesothelioma in 2009 and thousands more from other occupational cancers and diseases such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
- Enforcement 551 cases were prosecuted by HSE (including 33) by the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland).
- 129 cases were prosecuted by Local authorities (including 5 by the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland).
- 18 290 enforcement notices were issued by all enforcing authorities.
- Injuries 171 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.6 fatalities per 100 000 workers.
- 115 379 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 462.1 per 100 000 employees.
- 200 000 reportable injuries (defined as over 3 day absence) occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey, a rate of 710 per 100 000 workers.
- Working days lost 26.4 million days were lost overall, on average 15 days per case of work-related illness or workplace injury.
- 22.1 million due to work-related ill health and 4.4 million due to workplace injury.