Health and Safety Facts and Stats
Here's a harsh fact for you: if you don’t have the required level of commitment to health and safety at all levels in your business, then you are contributing towards the ever-growing statistics we’re going to show you below.
Statistics may be something a lot of employers overlook but at the end of the day they are facts, they are true and they are only going to increase for the worst if we don’t look at what we can do to improve these issues in the workplace. As health goes, we of course can’t prevent every health-related issue for our employees, but we can certainly help with a lot of areas, mental health in the workplace being one of these.
So, what statistics have we got to show you? Let’s start with the nitty gritty costs to Britain of workplace injuries and new cases of work related ill health in 2014/15.
£14.1billion Annual costs of work related injury and illness.
£9.3billion Annual costs of new cases of work related illness.
£4.8billion Annual costs of workplace injury.
Every time you sign off a worker for a work-related illness, stress for example, it costs. Every time you sign a worker off for a workplace injury, a fall for example, it costs. Every time you sign off a worker sick, who knows perhaps they can’t face coming into work and aren’t actually sick, it costs. Therefore, it’s imperative to look at the heart of the matter - health and safety in the workplace.
Let’s now look at the workplace injury stats from 2015/16. These are statistics that can be brought down if you as the employer ensure you and your employees are up to date with their health and safety courses. These courses are there to ensure each worker can come to work in a safe environment and know how to avoid typical injuries. Saving you, your company and the government millions a month.
144 workers killed at work.
621,000 estimated non-fatal injuries to workers.
4.5million estimated working days lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries.
As mentioned, mental health awareness in the workplace is becoming less taboo and now more of a priority. Stress and anxiety are largely recognised now as a contribution to work-related ill health. Just look at the chart below to see how much of an impact stress, anxiety and depression can have.
1.3million workers suffering from a work-related illness (new or long standing).
0.5million workers suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
0.5million workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long standing).
25.9million working days lost due to work-related illness.
The amount of lost working days alone is a scary figure. In our current economy, being in work and getting valuable use out of these paying days is vital to any running business. No one can really afford to pay for nothing.
Now the legal bits. Most forget that with work related accidents where there is no correct training in place makes you vulnerable to legal bills, fines, losing business and even losing licenses. Here are some enforcement stats from 2015/16 to show you just how serious this is taken. Most who are prosecuted are convicted.
660 prosecuted by HSE that resulted in a conviction.
£38.3million in fines resulted from prosecutions instituted by HSE.
11,403 notices issued by all enforcing bodies.
All employers should be aware of the above because it is your responsibility as the employer to ensure your workplace is safe. Courses may cost money, but not as much as legal fines will cost you. You can’t expect everyone to have the same ‘common sense’ values as yourself. You can’t expect people to not get stressed if you are not on top of the welfare of your staff. Act now and protect your company’s future.
Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)