25 Nov Some figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a government body whose mission is to prevent death, injury and ill health amongst Britain’s workforce. The HSE website provides a range of information for workers on their rights and their employers’ responsibilities in protecting their health and safety at work. It also provides useful guidance for employers on how to protect their workers and how to comply with health and safety regulations.
All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety law, the main responsibility for this is down to employers. As well as properly controlling risk and complying to health and safety law, employers have a duty to consult with their employees, or their representatives, on health and safety matters.
As well as governing this important area, each year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) examine and report on the latest workplace accident figures. This information reveals important information about how Britain’s health and safety record is doing year on year, as well as compared to other European countries.
The most recent figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that Britain is still one of the safest countries in Europe to work in however there are still too many people being injured through workplace accidents. This not only damages the lives of the employee but has a negative impact on the economy through lost working days.
Some figures published in 2013 published by the HSE show that an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost because of work related illness or injury in 2013/14. They predict that the resulting cost to society from accidents at work and illness related to the workplace is £14.2 billion (2012/13 statistics).
The statistics reveal that, in 2013/14, there were:
• 133 fatal injuries which represents a decrease from the previous year where there were 150 fatal injuries.
• 77,593 other injuries reported under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). That equates to 304.6 injuries per 100,000 employees.
• An estimated two million people in 2013/14 suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by current or past work.
The report also reveals the industries in which you are most likely to be injured at work. It was noted that there is no significant change here with construction, agriculture and manufacturing being the most dangerous industries to work in.
‘All workers are entitled to work in a safe environment and most employers strive to achieve this, but occasionally things do go wrong and that’s when we can help to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to and need’ explained Mark Johnson of FAIRCLOUGHS ACCIDENT CLAIM SOLICITORS, ‘we have successfully helped many people who have been injured in the workplace or suffer from long-term illness due to the previous conditions in which they’ve worked’.
More information on accidents at work and what to do if you are injured as the result of an accident at work can be found by calling Mark Johnson at Faircloughs on 01942-665700.
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