It is estimated that workplace injuries are costing Great Britain’s economy £15 billion per year, according to the latest statistics from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
Figures released for 2017/18 found that around 581,000 employees suffered non-fatal injuries at their workplaces, while there were also 147 fatal injuries last year.
What’s more, there are an estimated 1.4 million people suffering from work-related ill health. Combined with the number who had to take time off work due to an injury, this equated to 28.2 million lost working days in 2017/18.
Despite being one of the safest countries to work in, officials have stressed that these figures are still too high.
Martin Temple, HSE chair, commented: “There is still much to be done to ensure workers go home both healthy and safe.”
He also said that the latest data highlights the importance of a continuous focus on health and safety in all workplaces, pointing out that it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure that those who are working for and with them know what needs to be done to prevent incidents from occurring.
Of course, you need to ensure you have up to date emergency response procedures in place in case something should go wrong.
Among the challenges can be getting workers to engage with health and safety procedures and training. We recently shared some advice on how to get people to pay attention to important safety procedures, and to create a working culture where health and safety is front and centre.
This included getting workers involved in updating or rolling out any new health and safety policies or procedures. If people feel as though they have a voice on these issues, they are much more likely to engage.