HSE Release Latest Statistics on Work Related Illness and Injury

HSE Release Latest Statistics on Work Related Illness and Injury


  • Date: Thursday 30th October 2008

The latest national statisitics to be produced by the HSE on work related illness and workplace injuries, have been released this week.

The statistic which are broken down by injury, industry and geographical location reveal an overall reduction in the number of people killed injured or made ill by work during 2007/08.

The key facts presented by the report include:

Ill health

2.1 million people were suffering from an illness (long standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work.

1.3 million of these cases were suffered by people working during the year, of which 563 000 were new cases.

2056 people died of mesothelioma (2006), and thousands more from other occupational cancers and lung diseases.

Injuries

229 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.8 per 100 000 workers.

136 771 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 517.9 per 100 000 employees.

299 000 reportable injuries occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS), a rate of 1000 per 100 000 workers

Working days lost

34 million days were lost overall (1.4 days per worker), 28 million due to work-related ill health and 6 million due to workplace injury.

Health and safety targets: progress to 2007/08

Ill health: probably not on track to meet Revitalising target.

Fatal and major injuries: on track to meet Revitalising target.

Days lost per worker: probably not on track to meet Revitalising target.

Enforcement

1028 offences were prosecuted by HSE.

354 offences were prosecuted by local authorities.

A booklet containing all the report findings can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/hssoct08.htm


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