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HSE Report 2014/15 Health & Safety Statistics

A new report published by the HSE on October 27th highlights the health and safety statistics for Great Britain 2014/15.

More than a million people are being made ill by their work, costing society £14.3 billion a year. Despite Britain being one of the safest places to work in Europe, injury and ill-health statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive show that an estimated 27.3 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2014/15.

In the same year, 142 workers were killed and there were 611,000 injuries in the workplace, with lifting and handling accounting for 25% of the main injuries reported, revealing that this is an area often overlooked by employers.

It is vital that an understanding of the potential risks and appropriate measures are put in place to reduce injury. Detailed regular risk assessments need to be put together to accurately identify the potential hazards. Decide who might be harmed and how, evaluate the risks and decide on relevant precautions.

The results of this report highlight the importance in using the correct equipment and its role in helping to reduce potential work place injury.

HSE’s Chair Judith Hackitt stated: “It’s encouraging that there have been improvements in injuries and ill health caused by work related activities. But behind the statistics are people, their families, friends, work colleagues, directly affected by something that’s gone wrong, that is usually entirely preventable.”

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