The Health & Safety Executive has released the latest statistics for workplace injury and sickness in Great Britain. The statistics cover the period from 2015 to 2016. The records for injuries in the workplace continue to show a downward trend, although the rate of decrease from year-on-year is starting to level off.
There is no specific breakdown for numbers of lone workers within these statistics. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the onus is on the directors and shareholders of companies to protect all workers (employees, contractors and casual staff). They must undertake risk assessments for individual workers. And they must be able to demonstrate that they have taken measures to mitigate any risks which come to light.
144 workers killed at work in 2015/16
621,000 estimated non-fatal injuries to workers according to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey in 2015/16
72,702 employee non-fatal injuries reported by employers under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) in 2015/16
Estimated 4.5 million working days lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries according to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey in 2015/1
Other key statistics for the HSE Report
1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
2,515 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2014)
30.4 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
£14.1 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2014/15)
Read the full statistics here > (redirects to HSE website)
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Post by George Stavrinidis
George is Chief Executive Officer of Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He believes passionately that everyone should be protected and supported at work. George supports LWS clients to make sure they enjoy the most effective relationship with the team and maximise the effectiveness of their deployment of Safe Hub.
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At Lone Worker Solutions, it’s our business to protect employees, managers and shareholders from the risks associated with working alone. This includes the potential hazards faced by staff who work by themselves, remotely, or out-of-sight or earshot of colleagues. When it comes to safety we don't believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; instead, we tailor our solution to each organisation's exact needs.
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Safe Hub is an award-winning BS8484:2016 Gold Certified package of emergency, buddy, proactive, reactive, broadcast and virtual barrier protection for lone workers. Safe Hub supports lone and remote workers on the widest possible array of devices including Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, BlackBerrys, standard mobiles, PCs, intrinsically safe devices, specialist personal safety devices and satellite phones.
This post has been updated to reflect recent changes and improvements to the naming of Lone Worker Solutions' platform and the safety features that it provides. Prior to 2018, Safe Hub was called LoneWorker Manager, Safe Check was called Heartbeat, and Group Alert was called Broadcast Messaging. These updates reflect advancements in the platform and help to improve end-user comprehension.