HSE Work Related Injury Statistics 2015/2016

The Health and Safety Executive has recently released the annual statistics for occupational illness and injury for 2015 / 2016.

The HSE has gathered information from sources such as RIDDOR, Labour Force Survey and HSE records to summarise the facts on workplace injury.

Occupational Health

Illnesses and injuries can be very costly to businesses; in 2014 / 2015 businesses lost £14.1 billion from occupational ill health. Additionally to that, long-lasting injury, such as cancer and new forms of workplace injury cost workplaces £9.3 billion that year.

In 2015 / 2016:

  • There were overall 1.3 million sufferers of work-related illnesses.
  • Half a million of those were caused by musculoskeletal disorders from poor desk ergonomics, repetition injuries and poor manual handling.
  • asbestos awarenessNot all those illnesses were physical; another half a million were caused by stress, anxiety or depression.
  • A staggering 2,515 fatalities have been caused by mesothelioma. A mesothelioma is a form of cancer which is caused by exposure to asbestos; cancer develops a layer of tissue around the internal organs which will cause breathing problems due to fluid around the lungs.

Injuries in the workplace

In 2015 / 2016:

  • Over half a million workers suffered non-fatal injuries in the workplace.
  • In that space of time, 144 workers suffered fatal injuries.

How have things changed?

HSE Statistics show that the number of self-reported occupational injuries and illnesses have fallen since 2011 / 2012. Depression, stress and anxiety injuries that have been self-reported have plateaued for the past 10 years.

Mesothelioma has already been contacted by many people and is predicted to cause 2,500 fatalities per year but then decline as less new workers will get it.

Fall from height injuryFall from heights is the biggest cause of fatal injuries in the workplace with vehicle-related injuries the second biggest.

The United Kingdom has the least workplace fatalities compared to other large European countries and comes the second bottom in self-reported injuries and illnesses that lead to work absence.

3B Training offers a range of courses that can help lower workplace injury and illness. Take a look at our book a course page for our course offering and course dates.

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