With a fall in prosecutions but a steep rise in overall fines over health and safety negligence. The HSE have issued the 2016/17 report which highlights the key concerns facing Britain's work force today. Although the report shows that in comparison to our European neighbours, the UK consistently has the lowest rates of work related ill health and injuries, with France having the highest overall rates. However, with the figures being what they are, it is clear we as a country need to do more to protect our work force as 1.3 million ill health cases resulting in a loss of 31.2 million working days!
0.5 million work-related musculoskeletal disorders across 2016/17.
600,000 non-fatal work place injuries
12,000 fatalities as the result of lung disease, which are believed to be connected to past work place exposures.
£14.9 billion annual costs of work-related injury and new cases of ill health in 2015/16 excluding illnesses such as cancer.
£69.9 million in fines collected at the result of prosecutions by the HSE throughout 2016/17.
11, 913 enforcement notices issued.
“We will only achieve long term improvement by a collective approach to improve workplace standards. Poor standards lead to poor health and increased injuries which is bad for the workforce and business."
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