Daily Management Review

UK Employers Lost 27.3 Million Days Last Year at Workplace Due to Ill Health and Injury


UK Employers Lost 27.3 Million Days Last Year at Workplace Due to Ill Health and Injury
According the HSE's latest statistical release, an estimated 27.3 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2014-15 in the UK.
The statistics also revealed that many workers believed that the illness they were suffering from was either caused or made worse or both by the work that they did. The report states that that 1.2 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness and believed the above. Among this population of ill workers, there were 516,000 who were new conditions that started during the year. The number of new cases was similar to 2011–12 and 2013–14 levels. No data was collected in 2012–13.
To compound this problem, the report states that a further 0.8 million former workers were suffering from an illness which was caused or made worse by their past work. These workers had last worked more than 12 months ago.
Musculoskeletal disorders or stress, depression or anxiety related illness comprised more than 80% of the new work-related conditions that were reported in the last one year, said the report.
2538 worker in the UK died from mesothelioma in 2013 according to the data from that year while in 2014, there were 2215 new cases of mesothelioma that were assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit in 2014. The same figure in 2013 was 2145.
Work-related ill health had resulted in a loss of 23.3 million days of the total 27.3 million days lost last year. The figure for the year 2013-14 was 28 million. 4.1 million days were lost during last year due to workplace injury. Hence the report indicates that there has been an improvement in the total number of days lost which has fallen from 39.5 million in 2000–02 but shows a leveling off in recent years.
An estimated £14.3 billion in 2013–14, based on 2013 prices, were the cost that the society had to incur last year due to injuries and new cases of ill health resulting largely from current working conditions.
Details of 142 workplace fatalities were released by the HSE in July. This number gives a rate of 0.46 per 100,000 workers in 2014–15 who were involved in fatalities related to work in the UK. However the latest figures hat were reported by the organization shows also covered non-fatal injuries. Under the Reporting of Injuries, Deaths and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), there were 76,000 reported cases of non fatal injuries in 2014-15 with a rate of 293 per 100,000 employees.
In recent years the modalities for RIDDOR were changed from over-3-day injuries to over-7-day injuries which have made it difficult to analyse the latest trend in non-fatal injuries. However the report claims that when allowance for these changes were considered the statistics for 2014-15 showed a possible sign the downward trend and this has also been accounted for in the past 10 years, comparative rates of which also indicate a slowing down in non fatal injuries to employees in the UK.
(Source: www.healthandsafetyatwork.com)