HSE Statistics 2021 Summary | What is it?
The HSE Statistics 2021 report is the summary document the Health and Executive (UK) produces related to injuries and ill-health in the workplace.
The publication is useful for business leaders and health and safety practitioners to get an overview of current illness and injury at work. Now, let’s delve deeper into those HSE Health and Safety Statistics 2021….
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Are they Useful? | HSE Statistics 2021
The obvious business motivation to look after the health, safety and well-being of your employee’s is that it inevitably enhances trust, productivity and loyalty.
Of course, people with health problems of any kind are more likely to be absent from work and potentially less productive when in work. They are also much more likely to leave if the company was in some way responsible.
When you take a look at the figures across all industries, yes, the numbers appear significant. It should be acknowledged that the data across Great Britain should be considered in the context of the working population (around 34 million people!). Even so, when talk about 1.6 million work-related ill health cases, it’s easy to understand the magnitude of impact on the economy.
Performance Summary | HSE Statistics 2021?
There were significantly less RIDDOR reportable, non-fatal injuries (51,211) compared to 2019/2020 (65,427), a >20% increase. However, there were considerably more fatalities (142) compared to the previous twelve months (111), a >25% increase.
It’s important to know that these figures are very high-level and do not take into account important variables, such as number of hours worked. You can check out some of the ‘Key Facts’ in the following image (extracted the HSE Statistics 2021 report).
Source: Health and Safety Executive, 2020/2021
Workplace Mental Health Statistics
In the recent years prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the rate of self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety had shown signs of increasing.
In 2020/21 the rate was higher than the 2018/19 pre-coronavirus levels.
In 2020/21 the effects of the coronavirus pandemic were also found to be a major contributory factor to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
Workload, lack of support, violence, threats or bullying and changes at work were estimated to be the main causes of work-related stress, depression or anxiety prior to the pandemic based on 2009/10-2011/12 data.
HSE Statistics by Industry
Focus on Significant Risks
The detail within each sector report can be used to help you prioritise preventative actions for your business. The HSE are pushing businesses to focus on significant risk, and these statistics may help to show the long-term risk profiles for businesses similar to your own.