Every year, signficant numbers of employees are injured or incur illness due to their working environment. As well as the financial costs for companies and individuals, there are the human costs in terms of quality of life, life changing accidents and ultimately loss of life.
The HSE states in a recent report 'Costs to Britain of workplace fatalities and self-reported injuries and ill health, 2013/14' that annually over 600,000 workers are injured in workplace accidents and a further 500,000 workers suffer a new case of ill health which they believe is caused or made worse by their work, at an estimated cost of £14.3 billion in 2013/14.
Figures from the report reflect a decreasing trend in overall numbers, which the HSE is working hard to continue to drive down.
The HSE states; "We can be proud of Britain’s record on work-related safety and health – it’s one of the best in the world. Making this great record even better is now the challenge, so that we can all continue to help the nations and regions of GB work well. Getting risk management right is an enabler for productivity, innovation and growth and is integral to business success as well as the wellbeing of workers."
As such they have recently launched their #HelpGBWorkWell scheme and are encouraging better Health and Safety working practices to help prevent accident and injury, as well as promoting good health and well-being and ultimately save UK business and individuals from financial loss.
Find out more about #HelpGBWorkWell