What To Make of the 2018 HSE Statistics?

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What to make of the 2018 HSE Statistics

You’re all aware that taking a break at work is likely to cause cancer, right? Or, stated more accurately, those who take breaks at work have a higher incidence of cancer than those who don’t. An indisputable fact? Or, an indisputable statistic? It may even be a contrived example used to illustrate that it’s the context, the narrative, that tells … Read More

2017/2018 Workplace Fatality Statistics – Plateau or Complacency?

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2017/2018 Workplace Fatality Statistics - Plateau or Complacency?

The HSE have published their provisional statistics for workplace fatal injuries 2018 (meaning 2017/18). They look much like the previous years, and the five or so years before that. There is a slight uptick in the fatality rate per 100,000 across all sectors from 0.43 in 2017 to 0.45 (provisional) in 2018 which equates to 144 fatalities versus the prior … Read More

UK Health and Safety Statistics vs Other Countries – What Can We Learn?

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

When you look at official health and safety statistics in the UK, the situation appears positive. This particularly applies in relation to fatality rates which are low compared to historical levels. What is the real position, though, and how does the UK compare with other countries? The issue you face when considering this question comes down to the use of … Read More

It’s Official!! Your Employees Are At Greater Risk Than Your Contractors.

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Employees are more at risk than contractors

At the beginning of last month we posed the question, “Are Employees Really Safer than Contractors?” Anecdotally it seemed to be the case and the HSE fatality stats for 2015/16 supported the statement. On the face of it. However, digging into the data and removing the agriculture sector yielded a different picture, although an inclusive one due to what appeared … Read More

Are Employees Really Safer Than Contractors?

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Are Contractors Really Safer Than Employees?

In our recent post, Contractor Management – Way More Than Orientation, we introduced the steps required to keep contractors safe while working in your facilities and highlighted why your duty of care goes much further than contractor orientation. We did this within the context of the higher fatality rates experienced by UK self-employed people (0.79 per 100,000) compared with employees … Read More

It Could Never Happen To Me, Could It?

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Crossrail Construction Project

There were 144 fatal injuries to workers in the UK in the fiscal year period 2015/16. A number, thankfully, with a long term downward trend although a number that seems to be levelling off over recent years. That couldn’t be you could it? I don’t mean one of the 144, but one of the duty holders held responsible for a … Read More

Asbestos In UK Schools – The Hidden Threat

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Asbestos in UK Schools - An Infographic

The equivalent of 10 jumbo jets full of people die every year in Great Britain from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. It is tempting to think that this is the sad legacy of our previous ignorance of asbestos and its deadly nature and that, over time, the death toll will fall. However, that’s not necessarily the reality. As we … Read More