Ill health at work costs UK £16.2bn

Work-related injuries and ill health has reportedly cost the UK economy £16.2bn in the past year, according to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual report.

Furthermore, the report revealed work absences due illnesses have resulted in 38.8 million working days being lost across the country’s workforce.

However, more than half of the UK’s working days lost were due to mental health issues and illnesses.

Sarah Newton, chair of the HSE, said: “The Covid pandemic has focussed attention on the health and safety issues people face in the workplace. 

“HSE remains committed to taking action where workers are not protected, to ensure the guidance and assistance we provide for employers in managing risks is the best available, based on the latest evidence and science.”

She added: “Although Great Britain continues to be up there with the safest places in the world to work, these figures highlight the scale of the challenge HSE currently faces in making Britain an even healthier and safer place to work, this includes our role in the response to the pandemic to ensure workplaces are Covid Secure.

“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.”

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