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New Health and safety statistics released by the HSE

Mark Bowman
31/10/2014
The Health and Safety Executive has published new figures on injuries, deaths and health and safety issues in the workplace for 2013/14. The figures show that for 2013/14:
  • 133 workers were fatally injured

  • 77,593 workers suffered non-fatal injuries
These figures are less than for previous years. The HSE report also says that 28.2 million days were lost due to work-related ill health or injury, and the cost to Britain is estimated at a staggering £14.2 billion in 2012/13.

The statistics also show that mesothelioma accounted for 2535 deaths in 2012, and that 2145 new cases of mesothelioma had been assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

1187 offences were prosecuted in 2013/14 by the HSE or the local authorities, leading to 1073 convictions.

Mark Bowman, partner with Fieldfisher, says "Although these statistics suggest a decline in fatalities and injuries in the workplace, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done to get these figures down further. It is important that businesses make sure that employees are well trained and well informed about any potential hazards in the workplace and how to deal with them.

"The Government needs to put more money into the HSE so that they can enforce regulations properly and deter likely future offenders. Health and Safety legislation is often presented as unnecessary red tape but it is clear from these figures that there are far too many incidents happening which are ruining lives and livelihoods."

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