New figures show workplace deaths down, major injuries static, but a large number of days off sick

April 2003
Management Services;Apr2003, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p4
Academic Journal
This paper presents the figures published by the Health and Safety Commission, which showed that 249 people were killed in work-related accidents around Great Britain in 2001 and 2002. There were 27,477 major injuries and an estimated 40.2 million days off work due to illness and injury. The three most common causes of work-related deaths were falls from heights, being struck by a moving or flying object and being struck by a moving vehicle. Slips and trips were the biggest cause of non-fatal workplace injuries, accounting for over a third of the total. The riskiest industries in terms of self-reported illness were agriculture and forestry, public administration and defense and construction.


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