How Fatal injuries can affect your workplace environment
The yearly report in the United Kingdom is now available in data visualization form showing the amount of fatal injuries documented in the workplace.
Per 100K employees, there were 0.46 fatalities in 14/15 which results in a figure of 142 fatally injured workers. The latest rate of deaths of 0.46 compares to the 5-year average rate of 0.53. For the past five years the figure of 142 worker fatalities in 14/15 is 9% lower than the mean of 156.
The graphic begins by showing the reader the quantity of members of the workplace vs public employees who died in 2014/15. It then shows that the least dangerous industries are mining and the utilities sectors.
Not surprisingly it’s the north-west and south-west of England or in Scotland where most fatal injuries take place where manual labour is more widespread than in other parts of the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom is still one of the safest countries to work in the world thanks to an ever decreasing workplace fatality rate. This is in no small part to the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. This act makes it illegal for an employer to endanger their employees and all due care and precautions must be taken to avoid injury or death.
Some people say that health and safety has gone too far in the UK and that the risk and, therefore, excitement has been taken out of life. This charge should not be put to the HASAW as it ensures the UK is at the forefront for human rights in the workplace.
This infographic was created by information gathered by the Health and Safety Executive of the United Kingdom. This government body is over 200 years old, however, over that time it has had many forms.
In 1800 the HM Factory Inspectorate was formed and later that century under the provisions of the Factories Act 1833 factory inspectors were appointed. This was as a result of the explosion in terrible conditions British workers were experiencing in the factories and mines of the early 18th century such as long working hours, cruel discipline. Accidents were frequent and often involved children and worker health was a very low priority with chest and lung diseases being a common issues as well as damaged hearing.
40 years ago the Health and Safety at Work Act received Royal Assent. This has saved thousands of lives and ensured that Great Britain has continued to be one of the safest places in the world to work. Every employer in the UK must have a copy of this Act available for employees to read.