Health & Safety Report 2013/14
The Health & Safety Executive has recently released the new “Health and Safety Statistics for 2013/14”. The report breaks down key statistics relating to workplace injuries and workplace illnesses. The report highlights key trends relating to increases in certain conditions and the rise in certain industries for injuries.
- In 2013/14 2 million people suffered from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by work.
- 0.8 Million of the people were former workers and 1.2 million worked in the last year.
- 80 per cent of the work related conditions were related to muscoskeletal disorders, stress, depression or anxiety.
- Since 2001/02 there has been a decrease in cases of ill health but in 2013/14 there has been a rise in cases up to 535,000.
- Since 2005 a new scheme has been created including 250 general practitioner which the aim of recording new cases of work related ill health. They reported that in 2013 there were an estimated 1268 cases of skin disease in which ¾ were contact dermatitis cases.
- In 2013 there were 177 new cases of asthma reported to chest physicians. Annual cases have remained the same over 5 years however they are now slowly dropping.
Fatal Injuries to Workers
- 133 workers were fatally injured in 2013/14 equivalent to a rate of 0.44 per 100,000 workers.
- The main industrial sectors which involved fatalities are construction, agriculture and waste and recycling.
Employer- reported non-fatal injuries
- There were 77,593 reported cases of non-fatal injuries reported in 2013/14. The most common injuries within these reported cases were slips and trips (28%), handling, lifting or carrying (24%) and being struck by moving objects (10%).
- In the previous year 80,368 non-fatal injuries were reported however due to changes in the regulations regarding reporting a direct comparison between the two years should be avoided.
- The amount of cases of self-reported injuries reported has decreased in quantity over the last 10 years.
- A quarter of non-fatal injuries have resulted in over-7-days absence from work and around a third in over-3-days.
- The old RIDDOR system of reporting suggests that over half of all reportable non-fatal injuries to employees were actually reported. Under the new system it is suggested that the reporting levels of non-fatal injuries to employees have fallen below half.
- There was a rise in the number of notices issued in 2013/14 compared to the amount reported in 2012/13.
- 13,790 notices were issued by the HSE and local authorities in 2013/14.
- 10,119 enforcement notices were issued by the HSE, which is an increase of 15% from the previous year.
- However the amount of notices issued by local authorities was 3,671. A decrease of 22% from the previous year.
Self-reported illness and injury by industrial sector
- The main industries relating to injuries in the workplace are noted as agriculture, forestry and fishing, construction, accommodation and food service activities, transport and storage, and manufacturing had the highest rates compared to all other industries.
- Industry sectors will ill health rates are noted as utility supply, human health and social work activities, public administration and defence and education.
Self-reported illness and injuries by Occupation
- Certain industries have both high injury and illness occupations such as care workers, leisure and other personal service occupations.
- Professional occupations have a higher rate for ill health but a low injury rate.
- Occupations such as plant and machine operatives and elementary occupations have high injury rates but low illness.
For more information please visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/hssh1314.pdf for the full report.