Health & Safety Statistics

BY Rebecca Randles ON 4th November 2014.

The HSE- Health and Safety Executive website recently posted the following statistics:

Key figures for Great Britain (2013/14)

  • 2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 2535 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2012)
  • 133 workers killed at work
  • 78 000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 629 000 injuries at work from the Labour Force Survey
  • 2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • £14.2 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2012/13)

These figures are ridiculously high and can easily be reduced by responsible companies gaining the following standard:

BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health And Safety for companies particularly concerned with the health and safety of its employees. Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved performance and morale of your employees
  • Improved efficiencies in health and safety budgeting for costs such as training, ensuring that money is well spent and related to real needs of the organisation
  • Greater reassurance of stakeholders that you are taking all reasonable steps to protect the business against damage to your reputation and breach of legislation
  • BS OHSAS 18001 is increasingly a pre-requisite for companies wishing to tender for contracts within certain industries.