Latest research from the Health and Safety Executive show that across the UK, 23.3 million days were lost due to work-related ill health and 4.1 million days were lost due to workplace injuries, costing the economy up to £14.3 billion a year. To show the scale of the problem, Vero Solutions have created an interactive map that reveals the regions in the UK with the most work related deaths & injuries.
The five UK regions with the highest amount of ill health incidences in the workplace are::
The five UK regions with the highest amount of fatal injuries in the workplace are:
The five UK regions with the highest amount of non-fatal injuries in the workplace include:
The interactive map also reveals the sectors with the most reported injuries, including agriculture, forestry and fishing (4,200) and construction(3,100) and finally food services (2,850) – as you’d expect with industries that involve increased amounts of manual labour and risk taking.
Common health conditions that are caused or made worse by work include:
Tim Young, Director at Vero Solutions, comments: “These statistics show why the right health and safety provisions should always be in place. The economy as a whole is impacted by the amount of time people are taking off due to ill-health, as well as businesses themselves. If you are working in one of the ‘danger’ regions of the UK, ensure that your employer is responsible and is following all relevant health and safety measures as well as making sure you are following all existing procedures to keep yourself safe. Despite the great strides and improvements made over the last 40 years since Britain’s health and safety regime was established, there is still more that can be done and not all at a great cost to businesses.”
For more information on health and safety in the workplace and the technology available to reduce workplace losses, visit http://vero.solutions.