health and safety statistics

Health and Safety Statistics in the Workplace- Faux pas!

Health and Safety Statistics won’t feel like light reading for most people- in fact, almost everyone won’t consider it as remotely interesting. However, many of the injuries or even fatalities that occur in the workplace can be prevented through simple Health and Safety measures.

Could your business be on the Health and Safety Statistics list?

It’s easy to forget about health and safety- it is boring after all. However, it’s importance simply cannot be ignored. We have taken a look at HSE, health and safety statistics to help clear some things up. Did you know in the time frame 2017-2018…

Health and Safety Statistics 2017-2018

Where is this Happening?

You might be wondering which industries were affected the most by these horrifying Health and Safety Statistics. There are three main industries who have taken the biggest hits in terms of fines.

  1. Manufacturing (£27,008, 264)
  2. Construction (£18,983,937)
  3. Water Supply/Waste Management (£5,676,100)

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What can you as a business do?

There is an abundance of measures your business could be implementing to reduce Health and Safety Risks in your workplace. However, what is appropriate really depends on what issues your business could be affected by…

Work-related illness

Musculoskeletal Disorders(MSD’s), stress, depression and anxiety all contributed towards the 30.7 million working days lost as a result of work-related illness and injury.

According to the HSE, computer keyboards pose the greatest risk factor when it comes to developing MSD’s, in fact, 35% of work-related ill health relates to MSD’s. If you type all day with your hands in the wrong position on the keyboard, then over time you may develop pain and even a long-term injury. Make sure you are taking regular breaks from your computer and stretching out those hands!

Even more telling is the concern surrounding stress, depression and anxiety in the workplace. in 2017-2018, 44% of work-related illnesses were caused by these factors. With mental health issues in the spotlight more than ever before it is essential to offer greater support in the workplace. Physical health, personal relationships, general wellbeing and professional development all come into play- are you supporting your employees?

Workplace Injury

Accidents happen. Unfortunately, they cannot be avoided 100% of the time simply for the reason that not every scenario can be foreseen. However, this does not mean their likelihood of occurring cannot be reduced massively.

The first action for any workplace is to keep workspaces clean. Very few people do not think of cleanliness as an accident deterrent. However, a cluttered, dirty work area is more difficult to manoeuvre and therefore, more hazardous. Computer cables and cords should be tucked away to avoid tripping hazards!

Additionally, it is also worth creating proper signage for your workplace. This means employers should post signs reminding their employees of proper safety procedures where they can be seen! Remind your employees of what they should or shouldn’t be doing.


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