28 Oct 2010

Latest health & safety statistics for 2009/10

The HSE have released the latest statistics on work-related health and safety – work-related ill-health, injuries, dangerous occurrences, enforcement and gas safety - in Great Britain for 2009/10. A summary is found below and you can find more information by clicking on the official publication here.
  • 1.3 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness (long standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 555,000 of these were new cases.
  • 152 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.5 per 100,000 workers.
  • 121,430 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 473 per 100,000 employees.
  • 233,000 reportable injuries occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey, a rate of 840 per 100,000 workers. 28.5 million days were lost overall (1.2 days per worker), 23.4 million due to work-related ill health and 5.1 million due to workplace injury.

As expected the construction industry continues to see a high rate of injuries and fatalities compared to other industries:
  • In 2009/10p Construction accounted for 4% of the employees in Britain, 7% of reported injuries to employees (27% fatalities, 10% major and 6% of over three day injuries). The Labour Force Survey (LFS)1 estimates that around 12% of all non-fatal injuries occured in Construction in 2008/09 (three-year average).
  • Construction has the largest number of fatal injuries of the main industry groups. In 2009/10p there were 42 fatal injuries giving a rate of 2.2 per 100,000 workers. This is the third highest rate of fatal injuries, behind agriculture and extractive industries.
  •  All of the incidence rates have fallen by 34% - 63% since 2000/01 (72% reduction in the fatality rate since 1981). However, this still means that 700 Construction workers were fatally injured between 2000/01 and 2009/10p – 2 765 since 1981.
  • Construction accounted for 35% (276 cases) of all reported injuries involving high falls and 24.8% (89) involving electricity.
  • The estimated prevalence rate of self-reported work-related ill health in 2009/10 was 3,700 per 100,000 people (3.7%) working in the last 12 months, according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS).
  • The incidence rate of reportable non-fatal injury was 1,300 per 100,000 workers (1.3%) in 2008/09 (three-year average), based on the LFS. This was statistically significantly higher than the average across all industries.
  • In 2009/10, the LFS showed that 3.3 million working days (full-day equivalent) were lost in this industry due to workplace injury and work-related ill health.
HSE Transcript Source: www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm
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