Saturday, November 24, 2007

UK 36 Million Work Days Lost to Workplace Injury and Illness

Workplace injury and illness in the UK ...

"The U.K. Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has published the latest statistics on work-related illnesses and injuries in Great Britain, showing that there were 36 million work days lost during the 2006-2007 period.

Health and Safety Statistics 2006/07 reveals that the average absence per employee was 1.5 days a year, which was a significant increase from the approximately 1.3 days lost per year in 2005-2006. An estimated 30 million days were lost due to work-related ill health and 6 million due to workplace injury.

In addition, the report, which showed there was an overall 4 percent decline in workplace injuries in the United Kingdom, also revealed there were 241 fatal injuries to workers and 141,350 reported major injuries to employees leading to more than 3 days off work. Although the longer-term trend in the fatal injury rate is downwards, there has been little change over the last 5 years, according to the HSC.

Of the main industrial sectors, construction and agriculture have the highest rates of fatal injury. During 2006-2007, these two sectors together account for 46 percent of fatal injuries to workers, with 77 and 34 fatalities respectively.

Moreover, there was an estimated 2.2 million people suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work during 2006-2007. Around three-quarters of the cases involved musculoskeletal disorders, stress, depression or anxiety."    (Continued via Occupational Hazards)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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