Let’s make safety and wellbeing a priority this year

The Health and Safety Executive is marking its 40th anniversary with an appeal for businesses to make the wellbeing of workers their top priority for the new financial year.

The appeal comes as statistics for 2013/2014 show that there were 133 deaths at work in Great Britain, more than 79,500 injuries were formally reported (through RIDDOR) and over 1.1 million people are estimated to have been made ill.

In London 10 people lost their lives while at work, 9,443 suffered injury and some 136,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work.  This compares to 12 deaths and 9,788 injuries the previous year.

The figures also show that those involved in construction, manufacturing and waste and recycling are most at risk, with agriculture another industry where sustained improvement is needed.  Areas of particular concern include falls from height, work on machinery that is poorly maintained and guarded, and failing to properly manage workplace transport.

Tim Galloway, HSE’s Regional Director for London and the South East commented:

“The figures offer encouragement that we are continuing to head in the right direction, but they also show that we can still go further and challenge the industries where there is room to do more. Workplace conditions have improved dramatically in the past four decades, but as employers plan and prepare for the new financial year they need to ensure that health, safety and welfare is a clear focus.”

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