Work related illness - Latest stats

Published: 8 Nov 2016

The Health and Safety Executive have issued the 2015/16 statics for illness and injury. The annual report uses information collated from Labour Force Survey, RIDDOR reporting, HSE cost model, death certificates and HSE enforcement data.

Figures for 2015/16 show:

Work-related illness – 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness;

  • Asbestos – 2,515 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures.  (Mesothelioma is cancer of the lining that covers most of the body's organs. It's usually caused by asbestos exposure).
  • Fatal incidents – 144 workers died at work
  • Riddor Injuries – 72,702 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • All Injuries – 621,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • Working Days Lost -30.4 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • Cost – £14.1 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill-health from current working conditions (2014/15)
  • 0.5 million suffer from work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • 0.5 million suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety

In the period of 2015/16 the impact of occupational ill health on business has resulted in 30.4 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. The majority of fatal injuries come from falls from height, with being struck by moving vehicles coming in a close second.

Workplace injuries can be reduced if all employers commit to safer working conditions. Undertaking thorough risk assesments highlights areas that need extra caution or additional safety measures to be put in place. Staff training will help alert team members to the proccesses and procedures that should be followed to reduce their personal risk, and keep them safe. All staff members should also be familiar with internal health and safety policies, adhereing to guidelines in all aspects of their work. At CSC we work closely with our clients to help with all of these risk reducing measures, if you have concerns about the safety of your staff get in touch.