The latest injury and ill-health statistics issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal the lowest number of workplace fatalities on record, but there’s no room for complacency.

 

Statistics revealed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that the UK is one of the safest places in the world to work, with the lowest number of workplace deaths on record. The annual report highlights that 111 workers suffered fatal injuries at work in the 2019/20 period, whilst around 693,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries and 1.6 million people suffered from work-related ill health.

The report highlighted that 29 of the 111 people who suffered fatal injuries died due to falls from height, whilst 20 fatalities were due to being struck by a moving vehicle and 18 people died by being struck by a moving/falling object.

Despite improving statistics compared to previous years, there is still no room for complacency as the report revealed worsening mental health was the cause of over half of 38.8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and injury.

Employers of all sectors and sizes have a duty of care to provide a safer and healthier environment for everyone, which must incorporate both physical and mental health and safety.

Man affected by poor mental health

Statistics revealed that over half of 38.8 million working days were lost due to poor mental health.

HSE chair Sarah Newton said:

Although Great Britain continues to be up there with the safest places in the world to work, these figures highlight the scale of the challenge HSE currently faces in making Britain an even healthier and safer place to work; this includes our role in the response to the pandemic to ensure workplaces are COVID Secure.

"We must continue to drive home the importance of managing risk and promoting behaviours to ensure employers work right so that workers are able to go home healthy and safe at the end of each day. The HSE remains committed to taking action where workers are not protected, to ensure the guidance and assistance we provide for employers in managing risks are the best available, based on the latest evidence and science."

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