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Health and Safety Statistics

  • 2 million self-reported health and safety incidents
  • 2 million work days lost due to health and safety incidents
  • 13,000 work related deaths

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Common types of work related illness

Health conditions exacerbated by work:

  • stress
  • skin diseases
  • asthma
  • musculoskeletal disorders

Long-latency conditions (conditions that can take many years to develop):

  • asbestos related diseases
  • cancers
  • work related hearing loss
  • respiratory disease
  • vibration related disease (eg. hand-arm vibration syndrome)

Occupational cancer statistics

  • 8,000 deaths each year
  • Around 13,500 new cases each year
  • Most new cases are lung cancer, breast cancer or skin cancer
  • Occupational cancer affects three times more men than women
  • The cancers that most commonly cause deaths are mesothelioma or lung cancer
  • Over 5,500 cases each year affect workers in the construction industry
  • Common causes are exposure to solar radiation, mineral oils and silica

Asbestos-related diseases

  • Asbestos related diseases account for around 5,000 deaths each year and this number is still increasing.
  • Current deaths are the result of past exposure, usually in the building trade
  • Asbestos related diseases often take decades to develop after exposure
  • Of the 2,535 mesothelioma deaths in 2012, 2,126 were men and 409 were women
  • The annual number of deaths related to asbestos poisoning is expected to peak towards the end of this decade

Work-related respiratory disease

  • Examples include asthma, COPD, pneumoconiosis and silicosis (all of which are potentially fatal)
  • Diseases like COPD can have long latency periods
  • Around 4,000 deaths each year from COPD developed as a result of exposure to harmful gases and fumes in the workplace.
  • No change in new cases of occupational asthma over the last five years

Work-related skin diseases

  • The most common is contact dermatitis caused by allergens or irritants
  • Highest rates seen in florists, hairdressers, cooks and beauticians
  • There has been an overall reduction in new cases of work-related skin diseases over the last ten years
  • Over 950 occupational dermatitis cases recorded in 2013

Work-related Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

  • NIHL is typically a long-latency disease
  • Around 150 new claims are awarded Industrial Disablement Benefit each year
  • Mostly affects men
  • Most commonly reported in energy extraction, construction and manufacturing industries
  • Around 18,000 new cases reported each year

The cost of injuries and ill health in the workplace

  • £14.2 billion per year as a result of current or recent working conditions
  • Largest single payouts are awards for pain, grief and suffering
  • Costs have fallen in recent years and may be levelling off
  • Individuals bear around 60% of the cost, whilst the government and employers each pay around 20%

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