Health and Safety – Occupational Hazard

Most of us feel safe within our chosen careers but do you know which jobs have the higher risk of injury or even death? Resent statistics have shown that 1.1 million Britons suffer from a work-related illness; this costs our society almost £14 billion each year.

By using EU statistics alongside the Labour Force Survey that asked 44,000 households each quarter all about their jobs. Their death tolls reveal that work is actually quite a safe place to be.

A staggering 148 employees died while in the work place within the past year alone. This is a rate of 0.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers. However these fatal injuries can obscure patterns in the slower sicknesses.

The most dangerous occupations are in the industrial sectors such as construction, waste and recycling, these occupations accounted for 78 fatal injuries to workers. Surprisingly people who are self-employed are twice as likely as an employee to die as a result from a work-related accident. However there is some good news as work related fatalities are almost half what they were 20 years ago, and this suggests that stronger safety regulations are having a positive effect.

From 2012 to 2013 there have been a reported 78,222 non-fatal injuries to employees; this is a rate of 311.6 per 100,000 workers. And a quarter of those were classed as major injuries due to a slip, trip or fall from a height.

In the last year there has been a staggering 706 prosecutions for health and safety breaches, with 95% of these resulting with a conviction. Fines for these breaches have totalled to £15m.

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