On 30th October 2013 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) published provisional statistics relating to workplace injuries which showed an 11 per cent drop in major injuries compared to 2011/12. The statistics show that in Britain between April 2012 and March 2013:
19,707 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported (a rate of 78.5 injuries per 100,000 employees) – compared with 22,094 in 2011/12 (a rate of 88.5 per 100,000 employees)
148 workers fatally injured – down from 171 the previous year. The average for the past five years was 181 worker deaths per year.
Workplace injuries and ill-health (excluding work related cancer) cost society an estimated £13. 8 billion in 2010/11 compared with £16.3 billion in 2006/07 (both in 2011 prices).
The HSE says the ‘figures demonstrate that Britain continues to improve its health and safety performance’ however, ‘there has also been little change in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their jobs’ such as construction, agriculture, and waste and recycling. Furthermore, there are still too many deaths and injuries occurring in the workplace that could have been prevented through simple safety measures.
For further information please click on the following link http://press.hse.gov.uk/2013/workplace-major-injuries-hit-an-all-time-low-for-201213/. The full statistics are available at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics.