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Figures published on 29th October have shown that Britain is still one of Europe's safest places for work. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said that there are still too many injuries and illnesses as a result of people's jobs.

The HSE injury and health statistics for the period covered (2013/14), showed that there were over 28 million work days lost through workplace-related incidents and ill health.

In the previous period of study, 2012/13, the country was hit with around £14.2bn in added costs.

The statistics have revealed that there were 133 fatal injuries in 2013/14 – a drop of 17 from the 150 the year before. However, there were over 77,500 injuries reported, according to the RIDDOR directive, while it is believed as many as two million workers felt they were suffering ill health as a result of their work.

The chair of the HSE, Judith Hackitt, said:

“These latest figures remind us what health and safety is really about. We should remind ourselves what these numbers actually mean – the number of times in the last year someone went out to work and either did not return home to their loved ones or came home with life-changing injuries.”

Hackitt went on to say that continued commitment is needed from all stakeholders to constantly improve employee and contractor safety, by encouraging people to use the right workwear and having stringent processes in place.

Manufacturing remains the profession in which people are most susceptible to work-related injury and ill health, with 3159 major injuries.

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