Did you know that 1.3 million people in Great Britain are suffering from a work-related illness? Are you surprised to read 137 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2016/17?
These alarming statistics are just two of the key figures the HSE has released in their latest annual injury and ill health report for Great Britain (2016/17). Take a look at the full statistics on our infographic below and ask yourself, is your business doing all it can to eradicate workplace injury and illness?
We agree with the HSE Chair, Martin Temple, that these figures should “[. . .] act as a spur to reduce the impact of ill-health and injury on Britain’s workforce and businesses [. . .]” and we’re confident they will.
Although there are lots of stats for us all to digest, what stands out to us are the figures around prosecutions. 554 cases were prosecuted in 2016/17, with the fines from convictions totalling £69.9 million. More prosecutions took place in 2015/16 but the fines were just £38.8 million; almost half of the 2016/17 prosecutions.
This sharp rise in fines is due to new sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, which were introduced in 2016. It’s interesting to note that twenty large fines accounted for just under half of the new figure, at £30.7 million.
Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, knows what’s needed to protect our workforces and eliminate the need for prosecution: “To avoid the fines, and more importantly keep your workforce safe, all you need to do is put good systems in place. For us at Hundred Acre, people will always be more important than money. We want all companies to feel the same and act responsibly by applying safer practices in their business. The cost of implementing a safety procedure is always less than the cost of causing harm, ill-health or fatalities, in more ways than one.”
Although the figures in the report are high, they prove that Britain is still one of the safest places to work. We know from experience that many of you are doing outstanding work keeping everyone safe and healthy in your workplace, and we want that to continue. We can’t become complacent; we need to keep going and improve upon these stats, year after year.
If your organisation needs support with their safety and health policies and procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can call us on +44 (0)1933 201103, or write to us via our contact page.
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