Health & Safety: A Regional Breakdown

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31 Jan 2018

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Depending on where you live, you and your employees are more likely to suffer with ill health. Much of some communities’ ill health can be put down to lifestyles, local pollution and often the type of work that is typically available.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the health & safety watchdog, the HSE, a number of statistics have been released in a bid to urge businesses to make the wellbeing of their employees a top priority this year. In comparing regional variations to national trends the HSE notes that the main driver of differences in health & safety risk is a person’s occupation and not where in Great Britain they work.

Regional Variations

  • The most unhealthy regions: The East Midlands, South West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber regions have higher average rates of ill health than the average British rate.
  • The healthiest regions: In contrast, Scotland and London have statistically significantly lower than average rates.
  • Non fatal injuries: The East Midlands and South West regions have higher rates than the average British rate and London has a rate which is statistically significantly lower.
  • Fatal injuries: The highest rates of fatal injuries in 2013/14 were in Scotland and Yorkshire and the Humber and the same areas have the highest rates averaged over a five-year period.

National Statistics

  • 3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)
  • 137 workers killed at work
  • 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)

What the Stats Say?

Nationally, across Great Britain, there were 133 deaths at work in 2013/14, more than 79,500 injuries were formally reported and over 1.1 million people are estimated to have been made ill. The HSE pointed out that this is a huge reduction from when the HSE was formally established in January 1975. In 1974/75 a total of 651 employees alone were killed, which did not include self-employed workers. A source at the HSE is quoted as saying that the stark decline is welcome, but local employers are being urged to review whether they can do more to protect their workforce.

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