Published online today (31 October) the latest statistics on work-related health and safety in Great Britain, including the following key annual figures (2017/18):
- 1.4 million working people suffering from work-related ill health
- 2,595 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2016)
- 144 workers killed at work
- 555,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
- 71,062 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
- 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and workplace injury
- £15.0 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2016/17)
Of the 144 people killed at work in 2017-18, 38 worked in construction. Construction workers are four times more likely to die from a work-related accident than the national average. Out of those 38, 35 were classified as in specialised construction activities, which includes roofing.
The HSE has released a summary booklet with more detailed analysis.