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Health and Safety Statistics for 2017-18

9 Jan 2019

Every year, the HSE releases updated workplace health and safety statistics, providing employers with the opportunity to see how their company ranks in terms of health and safety initiatives, as well as highlighting key areas for improvement.

This year’s data revealed a total of 144 workplace fatalities—nearly a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Review these key figures from the 2017-18 report to determine how your organisation can bolster their health and safety efforts:

  • There are currently 1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness. The most common work-related illnesses include musculoskeletal disorders, occupational lung disease, stress, depression, and anxiety.
  • Apart from 144 worker deaths this year, 555,000 non-fatal injuries occurred. Nearly 25 percent of these injuries resulted in over seven days of absence, while 75 percent resulted in up to seven days of absence. The top injuries include:
  1. Slips, trips, and falls
  2. Handling, lifting or carrying
  3. Being struck by an object
  • Great Britain suffered £15 billion in total costs due to work-related ill health (65 percent) and injuries (35 percent) this year.  The total costs include both financial costs (loss of output, health care, and other payments) and human costs (monetary valuation given to pain, grief, suffering, and loss of life).

How to Put a Stop to Rising Presenteeism: Mental Health Tips

Despite record-low sick days among the UK working population in the past year, recent data revealed employees aren’t necessarily promoting their own well-being.

More than 20 percent of workers admitted going to their job site while feeling mentally unwell—up from 18 percent in 2016, according to industry research. Not to mention, over 20 percent of employees said they are more likely to go into work when suffering from a mental health problem than a physical ailment.

Additional data emphasises that this problem is likely attached to the continued stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Indeed, 15 percent of workers believe that their boss and colleagues wouldn’t take them seriously if they took time off for a mental health problem. And almost 30 percent of employees said it’s easier to take time off for a physical illness than it is for a mental health concern.

Help your organisation decrease the risk of presenteeism by prioritising mental health. Consider these tips:

  • Choose strong leaders—It’s important for your organisation to have leadership in place that actively works to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. Make sure senior-level managers take employees’ well-being seriously by encouraging an open dialogue and sharing personal experiences for managing mental health struggles.
  • Recognise the signs—Ensure that employees know how to identify the signs of a mental health problem among their colleagues and what they can do to help with routine training.
  • Promote healthy habits—Experts say that living an overall healthy lifestyle can improve your mental health. Encourage healthy work habits, such as hourly breaks, healthy cafe options and regular social activities.

 We are Johnston Park McAndrew –Your Advice Led Commercial Insurance Broker

Author: Heather Adams
Credits: "HR Brief Q4 2018" (Zywave, inc. 2018) and "HSE Safety Cornerstones Dec 2018" (Zywave, inc. 2018)

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