November Insight

November Insight

The Health and Safety Executive have published their summary of statistics for Great Britain 2020

Great Britain is still one of the safest places in the world to work with the lowest number of deaths on record.

However, there are areas for improvement with more than half of Britain’s working days lost in 2019/20 due to mental ill-health.

The annual report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) includes statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, enforcement action taken, and the associated costs to Great Britain.

The emergence of COVID-19 as a national health issue at the end of final quarter of 2019/20 does not appear to be the main driver of changes seen in the 2019/20 data, although it is possible that COVID-19 may be a contributory factor.

HSE has been at the heart of work across government for getting Great Britain’s workplaces Covid Secure. As part of HSE’s response to COVID-19, it has continued to support the wider health response through working closely with National Public Health Bodies, Local Authorities and local health teams.

Figures show that around 693,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries in 2019/2020 and 1.6 million workers suffering from work-related ill-health.

The statistics, compiled from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, illustrate that in Great Britain in the 2019/2020 period there were;

·         111 fatal injuries at work

·         1.6 million working people suffering from a work-related illness

·         38.8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury

·         325 cases were prosecuted and resulted in a conviction. Fines from convictions totalled £35.8 million

In 2019/2020, the estimated economic cost to Great Britain totalled £16.2 billion with 38.8 million working days lost.

Notable Numbers

·         The total amount of furlough claims in October, exceeded those in September.  By the end of October, £41.4 billion had been claimed, compared to £39.3 billion the previous month, although the total number of jobs furloughed and employers claiming remained the same.

·         A recent report found that young people and ethnic minorities most likely to be made unemployed after coming off Furlough.  The survey was carried out on 6,000 workers and that 19% of those aged between 18 and 24 years of age had been furloughed but now out of work.  It also found that 22% of those surveyed, were black, Asian and minority ethnic who had been made redundant.

·         In a poll of 600 businesses and found that 40% felt more of a responsibility to offer secured contracts to staff to respond to the pandemic.  25% of respondents felt that either abolishing zero-hour contracts or restricting this type of employment was needed.

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