The TUC have forwarded the annual statistical report [pdf] from the The Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The standout figures that they (the TUC) have highlighted are…
- The rate of work-related illness is up overall, an all-time high – 1.8 million in 2021/22.
- Up by around 10% on last year. The figure is now almost 40 per cent higher than the 2010 figure
- 8 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries.
- Work-related stress at (another) all-time high, with over 900,000 cases in the last year
- Work-related injuries remain broadly flat-line; 123 fatalities are recorded.
The HSE use some of the report to claim that a lot of this is a consequence of CoViD (and, as you may expect, unions are generally more likely to point to poor/unenforceable employment legislation).
Either way, the TUC make the point that there is usually a whole page on ‘enforcement’ showing comparative graphs for HSE enforcement activity, but for some reason, it’s missing this time.