November 23, 2023

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HSE annual workplace stats: Rise in construction deaths while 1.8m cite work-related ill health

Nearly two million workers in Great Britain reported suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23 as construction sector reports rise in fatalities.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its annual statistics on work-related ill health and workplace injuries.

The data reveals that 1.8 million workers reported they were suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23, with approximately half of the cases down to stress, depression or anxiety.

Higher than pre-pandemic level

There were an estimated 875,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2022/23. The current rate of self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety is higher than the pre-pandemic level.

The statistics also reveal 45 fatalities in the construction sector during 2022/23, significantly up from 2021/2033 which returned 29.

Caroline Gumble, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Building says she is concerned by the sharp rise. “While there has clearly been huge progress over the years when it comes to safety in construction, it’s concerning the number of fatalities in the sector has risen sharply by 55% since last year, and is the highest of any industry according to the statistics released by the HSE.”

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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