There's a lot of focus on health and safety at work these days, so you may feel that your employer has everything covered when it comes to having proper safety procedures and training in place.
However, statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) still suggest UK employers have a long way to go before they are fully compliant.
According to their data, a total of 133 people were killed at work in the UK in 2013-14 - and there were approximately 78,000 reported injuries caused by workplace accidents.
Similar figures from HSE for the period covering 2011-12 showed that there were a total of 1.1 million UK workers suffering from a work-related illness - which resulted in an estimated cost to society of £13.8 billion!
It seems clear, then, that despite the increased focus around health and safety in recent years, there is still much more to do to ensure all employees in the UK are safe at their workplace.
The most common causes of injuries sustained following accidents in UK workplaces are:
Typically, jobs in industries such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing and transport have the highest incidence of accidents and injuries. According to the HSE, men are more likely than women to suffer an injury, and new or inexperienced workers are also at a greater risk.
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In short, both employers and employees have a duty of care and responsibilities when it comes to operating and maintaining a safe workplace. These include:
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As well as the necessity of keeping employees and visitors safe, and avoiding costly compensation claims, there are many other benefits to maintaining a safe working environment, including:
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