Posted on: 20 January 2020

What did the HSE find in their latest report?

Every year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) produces a report outlining how injuries in the workplace affect the UK.

We have taken a look at some of the key statistics from the report to help you see if you can improve any health and safety practices at your business.

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HSE Health and Safety Statistics 2018-2019 key findings

The HSE report found these key statistics:

  • There were 147 deaths in the workplace in 2018-2019.
  • 1.4 million people were suffering from a work-related illness.
  • 581,000 injuries were reported at work and 69,208 reported under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, 2013).
  • 28.2 million working days were lost as a result of work-related injuries or illnesses.
  • Work-related injuries or illness cost the UK £15bn.

Findings on work-related ill-health

Researching work-related ill health, the HSE report found the following:

Stress, depression and anxiety

  • 44% of health concerns at work are related to stress, depression and anxiety.
  • 602,000 people suffered from stress, depression or anxiety, with 246,000 of those being new cases in 2018-2019.
  • 12.8 million working days were lost because of stress, depression or anxiety.
  • The main causes of stress, depression or anxiety are lack of support, workplace violence, bullying or workplace changes.

Occupational lung disease

  • Occupational lung disease accounted for more than 90% of fatalities linked to past work exposures.
  • Lung diseases contributing to death were
  1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – 33%
  2. Non-asbestos related lung cancers – 23%
  3. Asbestos-related lung cancers – 20%
  4. Mesothelioma – 20%
  • It is estimated that asbestos will cause 2,500 deaths from Mesothelioma every year for the next 10 years.

Musculoskeletal disease

  • 37% of all health concerns were musculoskeletal.
  • 498,000 people suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, with 138,000 of these being new cases in 2018-2019.
  • 6.9 million workdays were lost because of musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Main causes of musculoskeletal disorders were:
  1. Manual handling.
  2. Awkward holding positions.
  3. Repetitive actions leading to Repetitive Strain Injury.

Findings on work-related injury

The HSE report found the following information about a workplace injury, which showed an increase from the previous report:

  • 147 people were killed at work, which is an increase from the 144 killed in 2017-2018.
  • Of the 581,000 non-fatal accidents recorded, 138,000 resulted in more than 7 days of absence and 443,000 resulted in 7 or fewer days of absence.
  • The most common cause of non-fatal injuries were:
  1. Slips, trips and falls – 29%.
  2. Handling, lifting or carrying – 20%.
  3. Struck by objects – 10%.
  4. Falls from height – 8%.
  5. Acts of violence – 8%.
  • The industries with the highest rates of workplace injuries were:
  1. Agriculture.
  2. Construction.
  3. Wholesale and retail trade.
  • Industries with the lowest rates of workplace injuries
  1. Professional, scientific and technical activities.
  2. Administrative and support service activities.
  3. Other service activities.

How much do work-related illness and injury cost?

As outlined in the infographic above, work-related ill health and injury costs the UK £15bn, but how is this broken down?

Breakdown of costs

  • £9.8bn (65%) from ill-health
  • £5.2bn (35%) from injury

Who pays these costs?

  • Workers - £8.6bn
  • The government - £3.4bn
  • Employers - £3bn

Prosecuting Health and Safety regulations

The HSE report also examined how businesses that breach health and safety regulations are prosecuted.

  • 364 cases were prosecuted by the HSE or the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS – crime prosecutor in Scotland).
  • 11,040 notices were issued by HSE or COPFS.
  • Businesses paid £54.5m in fines from prosecutions where there was a conviction. This is down from the £71.6m paid in 2017-2018.
  • The average fine was £150,000
  • The highest fine was £3m
  • 36 cases resulted in fines of more than £500,000

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Source: Zywave inc. – HSE – Health and Safety Statistics 2018-2019

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