Prioritising health and safety in the workplace, and ensuring that businesses focus on emergency preparedness throughout the year, is a must for all companies – irrespective of size or the industry they operate in.
This has just been emphasised by the release of Great Britain’s annual injury and ill health statistics by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), showing that 1.4 million people suffered from work-related ill health in 2017/2018. Not only that but there were also around 555,000 workers who experienced non-fatal injuries over the year.
The stats, compiled from the Labour Force Survey among other sources, showed that there were 144 fatal injuries at work, with 493 cases prosecuted that led to a conviction. Fines from convictions reached £72.6 million. And 30.7 million working days were lost because of illness and workplace injury.
HSE Chair Martin Temple had this to say on the matter: “These figures should serve as a reminder to us of the importance to manage risk and undertake good health and safety practice in the work place.
“Great Britain’s health and safety record is something we should all be proud of, but there is still much to be done to ensure that every worker goes home at the end of their working day safe and healthy.”
Those in the farming sector may want to make this even more of a priority, since further HSE figures show that the industry needs to review and consider ways of improving its safety record in the UK. It was recently revealed that worker deaths rose from 27 in 2016/2017 to 29 in 2017/2018.