Health and Safety Executive release annual report 2014/15
Last week the UK’s governing health and safety body, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), released their annual report including key stats and figures. Every year the HSE collate reports and figures and releases them in a couple of handy documents which aim to show the impact of health and safety year on year.
The report itself is full of extremely useful information; Roberts Jackson has decided to put together a short summary of the most interesting findings:
- Self-reported work related illness stats are the second highest they have been since 2010, with 516,000 cases of ill health
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as bad backs and repetitive strain injuries, were the most common type of work related illness accounting for nearly 50% of cases across the UK
- Mental ill health contributed to the most working days lost
- Hairdressers/barbers and florists are the occupations with the highest rates of contact dermatitis
- Vehicle spray painters and bakers are the occupations with the highest rates of asthma
- The number of work related fatalities has risen marginally with 14 more incidents than the previous year
- However, fatalities since 2006 have fallen by nearly 100 a year
- The East Midlands has the highest rate of total cases of ill health per 100,000 employed with a total of 4,620 cases
These figures give us a clear picture of work related illness in the UK, some promising stats and some not so promising. The HSE and other health and safety organisations do an excellent job of monitoring and enforcing punishment on employers who do not follow guidelines. It is now up to negligent employers to take notice and ensure that incidents are stemmed at the source rather than addressed due to a post incident punishment.
At Roberts Jackson we deal with a number of work-related conditions and we would like to highlight some key findings related to the major industrial diseases we come across.
- A total of 169,000 cases reported this year
- Approximately 40% of disorders are related to the back/spine
- Most common in postal, agriculture, construction and health care workers<
Asbestos Related Disease
- Around 5,000 asbestos related deaths per year and increasing
- Majority of current deaths are from past exposure in building related jobs
- 2,500 mesothelioma deaths predicted per year for the rest of the decade
- 30,000 people working in the last year reported breathing/lung problems caused or made worse by work
- About 4,000 deaths caused by work related Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) every year
- No significant changes in new cases of occupational asthma in the last 5 years
Work Related Dermatitis (skin disease)
- Over 1,000 occupational dermatitis cases seen by dermatologists in 2014
- More prevalent in florists, cooks and beauticians
- Most common type of contact dermatitis caused by allergens or irritants
Work Related Hearing Loss
- 15,000 workers with Noise induced hearing loss annually
- Highest rates occur in energy, construction and manufacturing industries
- Only 130 new claims are awarded with Industrial Injuries Disablement benefit a year
Vibration White Finger or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
- 16,000 claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit in last 12 months (not stated how many were successful)
- Disease occurs predominantly in men
- Highest occurrence in construction, manufacturing and extractive industries
It is vitally important that all new cases of any of the conditions above are reported to the HSE as stats and reports carried out can have a direct impact on safety improvements and prevention. If you do suffer from a condition that you think is work related we would always advise that you contact your GP for a formal diagnosis, report the incident to occupational health or the HSE and seek legal advice with Roberts Jackson.
We have over 20 years’ experience dealing with work related conditions and industrial disease and can make sure that you receive expert advice whilst fighting for maximum compensation to get your life back on track. If you would like to bring a claim or you are simply looking for legal advice, contact us today using our free phone number: 0800 001 4496 or simply fill the call back from in on the right hand side of the page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
 Data and graphics collated from: Health and safety statistics http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm