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New figures published for workplace ill-health and injury

Posted in: Industrial Deafness and Disease Workplace Injuries 

Recently published figures have shown slight falls in a number of key areas of workplace ill-health and injury.

The provisional statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive show that in Britain between April 2011 and March 2012:

  • 22,433 major injuries such as amputations, fractures, and burns to employees were reported — a rate of 89.90 injuries per 100,000 workers — compared with 24,944 in 2010/11. The average for the past five years is 27,170.
  • 88,731 other injuries serious enough to keep people off work for four or more days were reported — a rate of 355.5 injuries per 100,000 employees — down from 91,742 the previous year. The average for the past five years is 103,627.
  • 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. Of these, 452,000 were new illnesses occurring in-year. The average for the past five years was 1.25 million with an average 554,000 new cases each year.
  • 173 workers fatally injured — down from 175 the previous year. The average for the past five years was 196 worker deaths per year.

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