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26th November 2018

HSE Releases 2017/2018 Injury And Ill Health Statistics

What’s Happened?

The HSE have recently released the annual injury and ill health statistics for 2017/2018. The annual statistics cover cases of work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, costs to employers in Great Britain along with details of HSE enforcement action taken. 

What do They Say?

It’s a well known fact that Great Britain continues to be one of the safest places in the work to work in comparison to other countries (click here) however; key figures for Great Britain still show that in 2017/18 there were;

  • 144 fatal injuries at work
  • 4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • 493 cases were prosecuted and resulted in a conviction. Fines from convictions totalled £72.6 million

Workplace injury and new cases of ill health cost Britain £15.0 billion a year with 30.7 million working days lost.

Unsurprisingly, the Construction industry still features as one of the high risk industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their work, and therefore HSE will continue its focus on such businesses into 2019.

Martin Temple, HSE Chair, said of the findings: “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.”

The full annual injury and ill-health statistics report can be found at:

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