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What Issue Causes Half of All Deaths On Construction Sites?

The HSE publishes comprehensive statistics on workplace health and safety in the United Kingdom every year. This includes data on occupational fatalities and injuries, as well as statistics on work-related illness and enforcement.

This comprehensive study gives employers a visual representation of the HSE’s findings and can help them better comprehend the risks and hazards they should be aware of. For example, the risk management awareness of construction site managers will hopefully benefit from the knowledge that 39 fatal injuries occurred to workers on construction sites between 2020-21. The HSE Annual Health and Safety statistics report reveals that 50% of these tragic deaths over that last 5 years have been the result of a fall from height.

Click the above image to download our 2021 HSE Annual Health & Safety report

Quick Facts…

  • 441,000 working people sustained a non-fatal injury at work, according to the Labour Force Survey.
  • 822,000 workers suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety, and 451,000 workers reported new cases in the past year.
  • Leading cases of work-related ill health either caused or made worse by the Coronavirus pandemic include stress, depression and anxiety.
  • 185 cases were prosecuted by the HSE or, in Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) this year. Down from 325 in 2019-20.
  • 142 workers were killed at work, up from 111 in 2019-20.

A section on COVID-19’s impact on workers is included in this edition of the HSE report for the first time. Other than the physical disease caused by COVID-19, the persistent effects of the coronavirus pandemic can be harmful to workers in a variety of ways. Because this component was not included in the 2019-20 edition, it cannot be compared to previous years; nonetheless, it may still provide organisations with valuable insight into the health and well-being of their staff.

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