Over one million employees are suffering from work-related illness according to official figures published by the Health and Safety Executive. The latest figures show that the number of cases of ill health related to work has risen to 1.2 million between 2013 and 2014. However, the number of people killed at work did fall to 133 during the same time period.
The data indicates that 2,535 people died from the lung cancer mesothelioma which forms later in life as a result of previous asbestos exposure. More than 700,000 people sustained an injury at work and work-related illness or injury cost the economy £14.2 billion. In addition, work-related illness or injury also caused the loss of 28.2 million working days.
The main causes for work-related illness were musculoskeletal disorders, depression, anxiety and stress causing the British Safety Council to voice their concern over the figures. Chief Executive Alex Botha stated that improvements are being made in preventing workplace injuries but there appears to be no improvement in reducing workplace ill health. Over half a million new cases were reported in 2013/2014 showing the need to tackle the root cause of illness according to the Chief Executive.
Types of work-related illness or injury
Injuries may be sustained at work if employees are inadequately trained by employers. Health and safety training is necessary in every workplace to avoid accidents and potential injuries. There may be improper maintenance of equipment which could cause injuries.
It is the responsibility of the employer to control any potential hazards and carry out risk assessments to ensure that employees are safe when using equipment.
Illnesses may also be caused at work. For example: repetitive strain injury or musculoskeletal disorders. If you have suffered from a work-related illness and wish to make a compensation claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline.
How we can assist you
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in accidents, illnesses and injuries which have occurred due to someone else’s negligence. If you have suffered from an injury or illness due to activities at work and are not at fault, you can contact us via our free 24-hour helpline to discuss possible compensation. Our team are on hand to lend a sympathetic ear to those who call and will be able to advise you on how you can proceed with your claim.
Source: HR Review
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown