HSE warning after new figures show fatalities, injuries and ill-health for 2013/14

The appeal comes as new figures show the number of workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities across the regions and nationally in 2013/14. The figures make sobering reading.

By region

Staffordshire - two people lost their lives while at work and 1,567 suffered injury. That compares to three deaths and 1,645 injuries in Staffordshire the previous year. Some 8,700 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Shropshire - three people lost their lives while at work and 715 suffered injury. That compares to one death and 713 injuries in Shropshire the previous year. Some 8,700 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Coventry and Warwickshire - three people lost their lives while at work and 1,348 suffered injury. That compares to no deaths and 1,321 injuries the previous year. Some 12,800 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Birmingham and the Black County - two people lost their lives while at work and 3,319 suffered injury. That compares to six deaths and 3,480 injuries the previous year. Some 12,800 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Worcestershire- one person lost their life while at work and 694 suffered injury. That compares to one death and 738 injuries the previous year. Some 10,800 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Derbyshire - three people lost their lives while at work and 1,333 suffered injury. That compares to two deaths and 1,351 injuries in Derbyshire the previous year. Some 24,200 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Leicestershire and Rutland - three people lost their lives while at work and 1,419 suffered injury. That compares to one death and 1,461 injuries in Leicestershire and Rutland the previous year. Some 20,900 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Lincolnshire - two people lost their lives while at work and 1,252 suffered injury. That compares to two deaths and 1,286 injuries in Lincolnshire the previous year. Some 14,100 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Northamptonshire - one person lost their life and 1,254 suffered injury. That compares to one death and 1,302 injuries in Northamptonshire the previous year. Some 15,400 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Nottinghamshire- two people lost their lives while at work and 1,552 suffered injury. That compares to one death and 1,595 injuries in Nottinghamshire the previous year. Some 21,700 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Herefordshire - one person lost their life while at work and 247 suffered injury. That compares to one death and 272 injuries in Herefordshire the previous year. Some 3,300 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

East of England - 11 people lost their lives while at work and 8,120 suffered injury. That compares to 19 deaths and 8,287 injuries in East of England the previous year. Some 125,100 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

North West - 15 people lost their lives while at work and 9,432 suffered injury. That compares to 14 deaths and 9,401 injuries in the region the previous year. Some 120,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

North East - six people lost their lives while at work and 3,452 suffered injury. That compares to two deaths and 3,682 injuries in the North East the previous year. 55,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Scotland - 20 people lost their lives while at work and 6,871 suffered injury. That compares to 23 deaths and 7,156 injuries in Scotland the previous year. Some 81,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

South East - 10 people lost their lives while at work across and 9,419 suffered injury. That compares to 25 deaths and 9,644 injuries across the same counties the previous year. Some 184,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

London - 10 people lost their lives and 9,443 suffered injury. That compares to 12 deaths and 9,788 injuries the previous year. Some 136,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Yorkshire and Humber - 17 people lost their lives while and 7,422 suffered injury. That compares to 15 deaths and 7,649 injuries the previous year. More than 110,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

West of England - four people lost their lives while at work and 3,449 suffered injury. That compares to five deaths and 3,670 injuries the previous year. Some 61,400 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Dorset - 920 people suffered an injury while at work across Dorset in 2013/14. That compares to 944 injuries the previous year. Some 17,500 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period

Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - 10 people lost their lives while at work and 2,096 suffered injury. That compares to six deaths and 2,146 injuries the previous year. Some 40,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Wales - seven people lost their lives while at work and 4,291 suffered injury. That compares to eight deaths and 4,391 injuries the previous year. Some 56,600 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

Nationally - there were 133 deaths at work in 2013/14, more than 79,500 injuries were formally reported (through RIDDOR) and over 1.1 million people are estimated to have been made ill.

The latest figures 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.

HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, added: “In the forty years since HSE was formed, we’ve worked with businesses, workers and government to make Britain a healthier and safer place to work.

“Thousands of serious injuries have been prevented and work-related deaths have reduced by 85 per cent. HSE has helped Britain become one of the safest places to work in the world.

“But we must also recognise that there is still a big challenge to prevent the suffering which does still occur. Seeing the annual statistics always leads to mixed emotions, sympathy for those who have suffered injury themselves and for the families and workmates of those who have lost their lives, determination to improve things further as well as encouragement that we are continuing to make progress in reducing the toll of suffering.

“For the last eight years we have consistently recorded one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers among the leading industrial nations in Europe. However, in HSE’s 40th year it is right that we acknowledge the progress we’ve made and look to a future of striving to bring down these statistics even further.”

Source: Barbour.info

Post date: 26 Jan 2015

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