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    CONSTRUCTION INJURY AND ILL-HEALTH 2017/18

    hselogo1Fatal injury rate in long term decline whilst ill-health trend flat lining

    HSE has now published the annual statistics showing 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18.

    The statistics are compiled by HSE from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources and cover work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, costs to Britain and enforcement action taken.

    There have been no significant changes in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their work, with construction and agriculture among the higher risk sectors.

    Martin Temple, HSE Chair, said of the findings across all industries:

    “These figures should serve as a reminder to us of the importance to manage risk and undertake good health and safety practice in the work place.

    Great Britain’s health and safety record is something we should all be proud of, but there is still much to be done to ensure that every worker goes home at the end of their working day safe and healthy.

    Collectively we must take responsibility to prevent these incidents that still affect too many lives every year, and continue to all play our part in Helping Great Britain Work Well.”

    Construction Sector Key Statistics

    The statistics include a report on construction which is a major employer accounting for around 7% of the UK workforce. The report finds:

    • Ill-health – estimated 82,000 work-related ill health cases (new or longstanding) – 62% were musculoskeletal disorders – 25% were stress, depression or anxiety. Cases of musculoskeletal disorders account for a higher proportion of ill health cases in construction than in all industries (44%);
    • Fatal injuries – there were 38 fatal injuries to workers and six to members of the public. This compares with 39 fatalities to workers and four to members of the public, on average, each year over the last five years;
    • Economic cost – the total cost in 2016/17 is estimated at £1,062 million, (95% confidence interval £856 M – £1,268 M). This accounts for 7% of the total cost across all industries (£14,895 M). Around 2.4 million working days (full-day equivalent) were lost each year between 2015/16 and 2017/18; and
    • Enforcement – provisional figures for 2017/18 show a total of 3,015 notices issued by HSE inspectors in Construction. 58% were improvement notices and 42% were prohibition notices amounting to about 60% of all prohibition notices issued by HSE. There were 206 prosecution cases in 2017/18, resulting in almost £19 million in total fines averaging over £98,000 per conviction. In 2016/17 there were 226 cases resulting in £17 million total fines and average fines of £81,000.

     

     

     

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