According to the Annual Statistics Report for Great Britain, there was a 4.9 per cent increase in fatal injuries in the workplace between 2017-18 compared to the previous year.
Although the figure may appear relatively small, any rise in figures is a concern, especially when it involves injuries and fatalities that could be prevented through simple safety measures.
When it comes to saving and improving the lives of your employees, we want those statistics to read as low as possible.
The following statistics are shocking and reinforce how seriously you must take your health and safety practices, continually striving to make improvements where possible.
Between 2017-2018 there were:
- 144 employees killed at work
- 555,000 injuries at work
- 4 million suffering from a work-related illness
- 7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and injury
A rise in injuries means a rise in fines
In total, organisations paid £72.6 million in fines resulting from prosecutions (or referrals to COPFS in Scotland) where a conviction took place. The average fine per conviction was also surprisingly high at a cost of £147,292.
Which industries paid out the most in fines?
The industries that experienced the most fines due to work-related illness were:
- Manufacturing – £27,008,264
- Construction – £18,983,937
- Water supply/waste management – £5,676,100
It makes sense that industries who suffered most were those with the highest risk of injury in their working day. Heavy machinery and tool usage highly increases the risk of a workplace injury and shows us that these industries are some of the most important to protect from costly fines and fatalities.
Improving health and safety is key to protecting your employees. If you would like to discuss your health and safety policies and set up measures to protect your company, get in touch with Trust Insurance Group and we’ll be happy to help – 01476 434050.