Thursday, 30 October 2014

HSE statistics show fall in injuries but no change in work-related ill health

The latest data for workplace-related injuries, ill health and death has just been published by the HSE.

Non-fatal injury shows a consistent decline with the present level being 300 per 100,000 workers. This compares with 600 per 100,000 workers 10 years ago.
The change under RIDDOR 2013 from 3 day to 7 day absence reporting will skew these figures, but there is still a consistent decline.

There were 133 deaths at a rate of 0.45 deaths per 100,000 workers.  This compares with 240 deaths at 0.8 per 100,000 workers 10 years ago.

The same kind of improvement has not taken place with respect to workplace-related health.  This is a consistent level of around 550,000, comprising 244,000 due to stress, 184,000 due to musculoskeletal disorders.

Prosecutions, improvement notices and prohibition notices remain constant as follows:

  • 517 prosecutions with at least one conviction
  • 9067 improvement notices
  • 4665 prohibition notices

Days lost per worker remain consistent at 1.15.

There were 78,000 other RIDDOR reported injuries, etc.

Though it shouldn't really make any difference, it is interesting to note that our health and safety performance is better than all peer countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain & Poland) with the exception of self-reported work-related injuries resulting in sick leave, where the UK performance is the same as the peer countries.

Conspicuous in its absence is any data on Fees for Intervention and how the targets set for these is increasing.

See HSE statistics

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