Workplace injuries cost UK businesses £14bn

A man in a warehouse has fallen from a ladder

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the cost of workplace related injuries to UK businesses in 2015/16 was:

  • £14.1 billion
    (-1 per cent on 2014/15)
  • 30.4 million working days
    (+11 per cent on 2014/15)

The HSE's annual workplace accident and illness statistics report found that there were an estimated 621,000 non-fatal injuries in 2015/16, of which the most common causes were:

  • handling, lifting or carrying (20 per cent)
  • slipping or tripping (19 per cent)
  • being hit by a moving object (10 per cent)

And according to the Labour Force Survey, some industry sectors had significantly higher injury rates in comparison to others:

  • agriculture
  • construction
  • accommodation and food services
  • transport and storage
  • manufacturing 
  • wholesale and retail. 

David Rees, British Red Cross health and safety development officer says: "A good risk assessment will help avoid accidents and ill health, which can not only ruin lives but can also increase costs to business through lost output, compensation claims and higher insurance premiums."

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Sources:
HSE Health and safety statistics annual report for Great Britain 2016
Labour Force Survey annual average 2013/14 - 2015/16

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