Health and safety statistics for the UK produced by the HSE state that around four per cent of workers, in both the construction and education sectors, suffer from an illness they believe to be work-related, such as musculo-skeletal disorders.
Furthermore, two per cent of workers in the education sector and three per cent of workers in the construction sector sustain a work-related injury – with almost half of these in the education sector categorised as a slip, trip or fall.
These statistics result in 2.2 million working days lost in each sector due to work-related illnesses and injuries in the construction and education sectors, making the annual average for the two sectors in 2013/14-2015/16 a staggering total of 4.4 million working days lost.
With 30.4 million working days lost overall due to work-related illness and workplace injury in 2015/16, this means the construction and education sectors account for almost 15% of this.
Gary Ellis from CE Safety believes that certain placeholders can improve these statistics over time:“It goes without saying that health and safety in the workplace, particularly in industries such as construction and education, should be at the forefront of employers’ minds. In high risk working environments, processes can be put in place to avoid and prevent employees being injured or becoming ill.
Simple things such as knowing when expiry dates on health and safety course are due for renewal, or ensuring the right number of first aiders and fire marshals are on site on a daily basis. There is more to health and safety than being legally compliant – preventing your employees from becoming ill or injured ultimately saves employers a lot of money in the long run.”