New figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show a slight decrease in the amount of workplace ill-health and injury in 2011/12.

In particular, the provisional statistics showed that between April 2011 and March 2012 in Great Britain:

  • 22,433 major injuries, such as amputations, fractures and burns to employees were reported, compared with 24,944 in 2010/11;
  • 88,731 other injuries serious enough to keep people off work for four or more days were reported, down from 91,742 the previous year;
  • an estimated 1.1 million people said they were suffering from an illness caused or made worse by their work, down from 1.2 million in 2010/11;
  • 173 workers were fatally injured, down from 175 the previous year.

Chair of the HSE, Judith Hackitt said, “Any reduction in the number of people being injured or made unwell by their jobs should be welcomed. Given the challenging economic conditions which many sectors have faced in recent years it is particularly encouraging to see continued reductions in levels of injury and ill health.”

She continued, “The HSE┬áremains committed to helping employers understand what they need to do to ensure workers can go home from their jobs safe and well without creating unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy.”

The statistics also show that construction, agriculture and waste and recycling remain the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured or made unwell by their jobs.

In total, 27 million working days were lost in 2011/12, with 22.7 million days lost to ill-health and 4.3 million days lost to injuries. These figures are up slightly on 2010/11 when 26.4 million working days were lost.

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