Health and safety at work, HSE release 2020 statistics

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
10th November 2020

The headline figures show reductions in the numbers workplace deaths (at 111) and RIDDOR reported injuries (at 65,427) in comparison to previous years. Notwithstanding this, the wider trend information does not prove as consistent for all topic areas.

By way of example, the figures for: 

  • “Work-related musculoskeletal disorders” and “Workplace injury” have pleasingly continued to show a long-term decreasing trend;
  • “Work-related ill health”, while having remained relatively static over the last few years, showed an increase in 2019/20; and
  • “Work-related stress, depression or anxiety” and those for “Occupational lung disease” both continued to show long term increases in numbers, with the highest reported rates for each since 2001/02, found this year.

The key findings and summary report can be found here:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm?utm_source=press-release&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=annualstats-nov-2020

Commenting on the findings HSE Chair, Sarah Newton said “We must continue to drive home the importance of managing risk and promoting behaviours to ensure employers work right so that workers are able to go home healthy and safe at the end of each day.”

Great Britain remains one of the safest places to work, from a health and safety perspective. But one of the obvious main factors affecting the stats for 2019/20, albeit only really occurring over the last quarter of the data sets, is of course COVID-19 I’ll be taking a closer look at this in my next insight.