The cost of accidents at work in 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.
3.9 million days were lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries in 2017/18. On average, each person who suffered a work-related injury took 7.1 days off work. Not only do these injuries have an impact on the injured person’s quality of life, the cost of accidents at work also place a financial strain on businesses too.
Workplace accidents cost the UK an estimated £5.3 billion every year
Work-related accidents and ill health cost the UK £15 billion between 2016 and 2017. While the majority of the cost of accidents in the workplace fall on the injured person, a proportion of the figure comes out of the employer’s pocket. Between 2016 and 2017, work-related injuries and illnesses cost employers £3 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 of accidents at work to employers 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 accidents at work to their businesses.
Here are just a few examples of how employers can help to keep their workers safe while reducing the cost of work-related accidents:
- 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.
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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.