Health and Safety

-Cost of children’s accidents. It is difficult to give a true cost of treating children’s accidents as outpatients and inpatients but in the past it has been estimated at over £200 million a year. It can cost as much as £250,000 to treat one severe bath water scald. This figure does not reflect the long-term costs of prolonged treatment and rehabilitation or the cost of pain suffering to the patient. Nor does it reflect the lifetime disfigurement or disability and the financial loss to the patient and family or hours lost caring for an injured child. [SOURCE: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents]

-Key health and safety statistics

a) 229 workers were killed at work in 2007/08

b) 34 million working days were lost overall to work-related illness and injury

c) annual bill for employers in payouts and costs for accidents and injuries at work is £7.8 billion

d) cost to the overall economy (including NHS and benefit costs) is £31.8 billion, the health and safety risk is costing the nation £1000 every second

e) agriculture and construction has the highest rates of fatal injury: agriculture there were 39 fatal injuries, construction there were 72 fatal injuries in 2007/08.

The most common kinds of reported injuries to workers in all industries occur as a result of handling, or slips and trips.

-Doctors not reporting attacks - The study found that about a third of doctors had experienced some form of abuse, including threats and verbal attacks.

-Superbug deaths ‘underestimated’ - In a European league table of infection-control performance, the UK is currently near to the bottom, faring better than only Greece, Malta, Portugal and Romania.

-Home Safety.

Every year in the UK almost 4,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7 million turn up at accident and emergency departments seeking treatment. But, because the accidents happen behind closed doors in isolated incidents they rarely attract public and media attention. [SOURCE: Royal Society for the prevention of accidents.

-The British Safety Council (BSC) 2008 annual survey of employer and worker perceptions found that 2 out of 3 (62%) of workers had had little or no safety training at work, and almost half of Britain’s bosses had offered no training nor had any audits or risk assessment systems in place.

-Prosecutions taken by local authorities (to organisations found guilty of health and safety breaches) have increased significantly since 2006

-Efforts to reduce the incidence of work-related ill health is probably not on track to meet the Revitalising Health and Safety target

-Fire deaths in England were up by 1% (2008-09)

-The provisional number of people estimated to have been killed in road fatalities in the UK is approx 8 each day; the number of drink drive accidents was over 1 person a day in 2008 (17 per cent of all road fatalities), an increase of 20 fatalities compared to 2007.

-Estimates from the LFS indicate that self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for an estimated 11.4 million lost working days in Britain in 2008/09.
-In 2008/09 an estimated 415 000 individuals in Britain, who worked in the last year, believed that they were experiencing work-related stress at a level that was making them ill (prevalence), according to the Labour Force Survey
-The 2009 Psychosocial Working Conditions (PWC) survey indicated that around 16.7% of all working individuals thought their job was very or extremely stressful.
-Estimates from the LFS indicate that self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for an estimated 11.4 million lost working days in Britain in 2008/09
-THOR surveillance data shows a mixed picture with psychiatrist reports of work-related mental health remaining stable between 2000 and 2008 but occupational physician reports showing a clear upward trend over this time period.
-THOR surveillance data from General Practitioners indicates that 30.9% of all diagnoses of work-related ill-health are cases of mental ill-health, with an average length of sickness absence per certified case of 26.8 working days
-Occupation groups containing teachers, nurses, and housing and welfare officers, customer service workers, and certain professional and managerial groups have high prevalence rates of self-reported work-related stress according to the LFS. The LFS also shows people working within public administration and defence to have high prevalence rates of self-reported work-related stress.
-The THOR datasets SOSMI and OPRA also report high incidence rates of work-related mental illness for these occupational groups, along with medical practitioners and those in public sector security based occupations such as police officers, prison officers, and UK armed forces personnel.

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