How much do work-related injuries cost the UK?
Workplace accidents are, in the majority of cases, totally avoidable. Yet thousands of people are injured at work every year - ruining (and in some instances, ending) lives and costing billions to the UK economy.
5.5 million days were lost due to work-related injuries in 2016/17. On average each person who suffered a work-related injury took 9.1 days off work. Not only do these injuries have an impact on the injured person's quality of life, but they also place a financial strain on businesses too.
Workplace accidents cost the UK an estimated £5.3 billion every year
Between 2015 and 2016, work-related injuries and illnesses cost employers £2.9 billion, according to government figures. Looking after workers' health and safety isn't just the right thing to do, it's the commercially smart thing to do.
The cost to employers from work accidents include loss of production due to absence from work, additional staff to cover those who are absent, and healthcare costs. Employers should be doing everything they can to AVOID workplace injuries from happening in the first place.
How can employers protect their workers?
There are lots of things employers can do to help reduce the risk of accidents at work, properly protect their workforce and drive down the cost of workplace injuries to their business.
Here are just a few examples of how employers can help to keep their workers safe:
- Recognise trade unions and allowing them to organise in the workplace
- Provide workers with adequate health and safety training
- Engage with staff health and safety representatives
- Carry out regular inspections of the workplace. This includes risk assessments and putting necessary procedures in place to safeguard workers
- Put necessary procedures in place to safeguard workers
- Set up emergency plans
- Control workers' exposure to hazardous substances
- Review work practices ensure they are as safe as possible
- Make sure equipment is safe to use and test it regularly
- Ensure workers are alerted to danger by displaying warning signs where necessary
Thompsons Solicitors has been standing up for the injured and mistreated since 1921. It has never, and will never represent insurance companies or employers. Thompsons acts solely for injured people - it's the law firm every injured worker can trust with their case.
Our workplace accidents lawyers are here for every worker injured
For more information about how Thompsons uses its expertise to provide advice, support, redress and compensation, visit our For Every Worker Injured campaign page below. Alternatively, our accident at work claims page has more information on how to make a claim should you suffer an accident at work.