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Report finds 1.6 million work-related ill health cases in 2019/20

Some 1.6 million people have suffered from work-related illnesses between 2019 and 2020, according to a report conducted by the HSE.

The research, which used a range of sources such as the Labour Force Survey and RIDDOR, suggested that 800,000 UK workers also suffer from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety.

Also stated in the report was a “broadly flat” trend of UK injuries, with 65,427 non-fatal injuries and 111 fatal injuries reported in the period.

The report said: “The rate of fatal injury showed a generally downward trend but has been broadly flat in recent years. 

“The rate of self-reported nonfatal injury to workers showed a generally downward trend but has been broadly flat in recent years.”

Also highlighted in the research was a £16.2bn annual cost to the UK economy through “financial costs and human costs”. 

Moreover, 38.8 million working days were lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2019/20. 

While the numbers may seem high, the report insisted that “the UK consistently has one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU”, with work-related illnesses and also being “lower than most other EU countries”.

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