Workplace Injury Statistics 2018/19
Workplace injury will never be completely avoidable. Ranging from the minor to the fatal, a proportion of the care attributed to employees is certainly self-served, with workers taking responsibility for the things they can control such as consideration for others, being clean and tidy and working within the parameters of their training. That said, workers can only do so much and if the workplace is untidy, using out of date and poorly maintained equipment and delivering poor to minimal training, then the ramifications are clear.
Non-fatal injuries to employees by most common accident kinds (as reported by employers), 2018/19:
- Slips, trips and falls from a same level footing 29% 29%
- Lifting, handling and carrying 20% 20%
- Being struck by a moving object 19% 19%
- Acts of violence 8% 8%
- Falls from a height 8% 8%
The workplace injuries reported by the Health and Safety at Work, Summary Statistics for Great Britain 2018/19 show a natural weighting at less serious injuries as shown, however, these can still have a big impact on the employee’s health and the employer’s production and potential remuneration.
Encouragingly, the research reported a downward trend for both non-fatal and fatal workplace injury, with the latter plateauing in recent years. Non-fatal injuries have in-fact seen a fairly steady decline per 100,000 people since 2000-01 which would logically coincide with developments and advancements in technology, training and general health & safety awareness among the workforce in general.
It can seem like a daunting process, but should you follow all the guidelines and procedures, and still encounter a workplace injury, you will be safe in the knowledge you have done all you can to protect the employees under your care – unfortunately accidents can and will happen.
You can speak to the experts at Nene about the measures you can take, whether that be from inception to existing equipment inspection and we will be glad to support you in making the workplace a safe and positive place to be.