Posted on: 21 December 2020

The results of the HSE report

Every year, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) compile a report on how safe UK workplaces have been throughout the year.

In this article, we will be taking a look at the results from this year’s report, comparing them to last year’s results and looking at ways to help make your business safer.

Key findings from the 2019-2020 HSE report

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Key findings from the 2019-2020 HSE report

Key Points

Here are some of the key points from the HSE’s report:

  • 1.6 million work related cases of ill health in 2019-2020, either new or long-standing. This is up from 1.4m in last year’s report.
  • 693,000 cases of non-fatal injuries. This is up from the 581,000 in last year’s report.
  • 828,000 cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety, either new or long standing. This is significantly higher than the 602,000 reported in the previous study.
  • 480,000 cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2019-2020, either new or long-standing. This is slightly down from the 498,000 reported in last year’s report.
  • 65,427 cases of non-fatal injuries reported to RIDDOR. This is lower than the 69,208 from last year’s report.
  • 111 fatalities in the workplace in 2019-2020. Thankfully, this is down from 147 in the previous report.
  • 12,000 lung disease death linked to past workplace exposures.
  • 2,446 deaths from mesothelioma or similar lung cancers linked to asbestos exposures. In last year’s report, the HSE predicted that for the next 10 years, there would be 2,500 deaths due to Mesothelioma every year. This, unfortunately, appears to be accurate.
  • The cost of work-related injury and new cases of ill health was £16.2bn in 2019-2020. This is a higher figure than last year’s, which was £15bn.
  • The cost of new cases of workplace ill health was £10.6bn with workplace injuries costing £5.6bn. In last year’s report, ill health reportedly cost £9.8bn and injury cost £5.2bn
  • 38.8 million working days were lost due to work-related ill health and injury. This is up significantly from the 28.2 million from last year’s report.

Illness and injury by industry

The industry with the highest levels of work-related ill health were:

  1. Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
  2. Public administration/ defence
  3. Human health/ social work
  4. Education
  5. Agriculture forestry and fishing

In 2018-2019, the top three were:

  1. Public administration
  2. Human health/ social work
  3. Education

The industry with the highest levels of workplace injury were:

  1. Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  2. Construction
  3. Accommodation/ food service activities
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Wholesale/ retail trade

How health and safety was enforced

The key points from the enforcement report were:

  • 325 cases were prosecuted by HSE, or the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) in Scotland. This is lower than the 368 cases in last  year’s report.
  • The HSE issued 7,075 notices in 2019-2020. This is lower than the 8,936 in last year’s report.
  • Businesses around the UK were fined £35.8m by the HSE or COPFS for safety breaches. This is much lower than the £55.4 in fines from the 2018-2019 report, which was also down from £71.6m in the 2017-2018 report.

Take a look at the full 2019-2020 report on the HSE website.

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As this report has highlighted, accidents can and do happen in the workplace, which is why you should have a comprehensive insurance cover in place to protect your business and the team who work for you.

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