Counting the cost of workplace injuries and illnesses

Counting the cost of workplace injuries and illnesses

15th July 2018

Despite considerable improvements in workplace health and safety over the past three decades, there are still huge numbers of people being killed or left injured as a result of accidents at work.

In 2015/6, there were 72,702 reported non-fatal injuries to employees (so there will have been more that were unreported)

There are also a lot of injuries or illnesses that are not necessarily caused by a specific accident – but instead caused by outdated or dangerous working practices, or less sinister activities such as poor posture over a long period of time.

There remain some alarming statistics in relation to workplace deaths and injuries:

  • 3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness.
  • 2,595 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2016).
  • 144 workers killed at work (2017/18).
  • 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey.
  • 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR.
  • 2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.
  • £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16).

It is estimated that the annual cost of work related injury and ill health in 2015/16, excluding long latency illness such as cancer, was £14.9billion, while workplace injury cost businesses £5.3bn over the same period.

Premier Medical is a leading supplier of medical reports to the legal and insurance sectors, primarily for use as part of personal injury claims. We have a strong background in all areas of medico-legal reporting – we are a Tier One provider on the MedCo soft tissue portal, and also have extensive experience of providing reports for cases with more serious injuries, as well as employer’s liability and public liability cases.

Our medically-led business structure and background means we are also ideally placed to offer detailed reports in clinical negligence cases.