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More than a million made ill by their work
09 November 2015
More than a million people are being made ill by their work, costing society £14.3 billion, according to the latest HSE (Health and Safety Executive) figures.
Despite Britain remaining one of the safest places to work in Europe, injury and ill-health statistics show that an estimated 27.3 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2014/15.
In the same year 142 workers were killed, and there were 611,000 injuries in the workplace. Of the estimated 1.2 million people who suffered from a work-related illness, 516,000 were new cases.
Judith Hackitt, HSE chair, says: "It’s encouraging that there have been improvements in injuries and ill health caused by work related activities. But behind the statistics are people, their families, friends, work colleagues, directly affected by something that’s gone wrong, that is usually entirely preventable. These figures show that despite the great strides and improvements made over the 40 years since Britain’s health and safety regime was established, there is still more that can be done."