New figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that the UK’s work safety record leaves plenty of room for improvement. The 2012/13 HSE report shows that 148 deaths occurred in British workplaces – a rate of one per 200,000 employees. There were over 78,000 non-fatal injuries, over a quarter of which were classed as major. Although the number of reported injuries has been dropping steadily over the last five years, the target must always be zero incidents.
- As recently as October 2013, the HSE implemented changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). These altered the classification of major injuries and work-related illness along with the reporting of ‘dangerous occurrences’.
- The HSE introduced the Fee for Intervention in 2012, which means that those who break its health and safety laws must pay the costs incurred from inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action.