HSE Pats Britain on the back for Health but Says Stay Alive!

Statistics released by HSE for injuries, illnesses and fatalities at workplaces in Britain from April 2010 to March 2011 were published as follows:

• Major injuries including amputations, burns and fractures down from 26,268 in the previous year to 24,726. Rate at 99 workers per hundred thousand

• Illnesses or injury at work with break from work of more than 4 days comes down from 96,427 in 2009-2010 to 90,653 this year. Rate at 363.1 for 100,000 workers.

• Illness due to work or worsened by work factors – 1.2 million workers compared to 1.3 million workers last year. (500,000 were new illnesses)

• Death in work place rose to 171 workers in 2010-2011, only 146 in 2009-2010!

The Construction industry contributed 173.2 major injuries per 100,000 in 2010 to 2011 while the agriculture industry has an injury list numbering 221.9 per 100,000! The two industries together shared the highest levels of major injuries as well as an unusually large number of casualties.

Commenting on the HSE published statistics their Chairperson, Judith Hackitt, said that Britain had a lot to be happy about in reducing the number of major injuries and illnesses to workers but still had a lot to deal with in bringing down the number of deaths in work places. She said that Britain has one of the best health and safety records in Europe but would not reduce the commitment to reduce the risks causing injury and death at site offices.

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