A Health and Safety Executive report says that almost 57,000 people were made sick at work in 2013/14 in Wales. Around 156 workers became ill or were injured in accidents each day with a cost to the Welsh economy of hundreds of millions of pounds. The most common reasons for sickness leave included stress and anxiety, arthritis and back pain. Social workers, teachers, NHS and defence industry workers traditionally have the highest rates of poor health. But the worst figures came from the agriculture, construction, manufacturing and transport industries. The Health and Safety Executive and local authorities made a total of 147 prosecutions against employers for failing to comply with health and safety law.
The Welsh Chartered Society of Physiotherapy expressed concern about the figures and encouraged employers to examine what activities they had in place to support employee health and well-being. “Access to effective occupational health services and swift access to services such as physiotherapy to address some of the problems identified such as arthritis and back pain can make a significant difference to supporting staff,” said Public Affairs and Policy Manager Pip Ford.
The Welsh Government says it is committed to developing healthy workplaces and points to the Healthy Working Wales initiative aims to improve health at work, prevent people becoming ill at work and encourage retention or rehabilitation of people made ill at work. It says over a quarter of the working population of Wales work for firms which have signed up to the scheme. The UK overall performance was better than other large economies and European countries in terms of injuries, fatalities and levels of self-reported work-related ill health.
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Source: Wales Online
Date Published: February 13, 2015
Author: David Brown