According to government statistics in 2014-2015 *142 workers were killed at work in the UK. This is a shocking statistic and acts as a stark reminder of the responsibility that you carry as a business owner. Perhaps even more shocking are the number of work related deaths that are reported due to injuries or illnesses caused by poor working practices, in 2014-2015 this was reported to be around 13,000.**
Not only do these startling facts have tragic consequences for the victims and their families, but also for the company directors responsible, they can face prosecution and even jail sentences.
Not so shocking, but worrying nevertheless are the numbers of working days lost to work related illness and workplace injury; in 2014-2015 27.3 million days were lost in the UK.*** The costs and impact of this are hard to measure for an individual business.
Another worrying trend for business owners is an increase in the number of claims relating to noise, vibration and dust. In an increasingly litigious society and with trends set by PPI claims, individuals are seemingly more likely to claim compensation.
What can you do to combat this?
It is essential to ensure that you have a thorough and robust health and safety policy in place, which accurately reflects your business practices. Good risk management advice can pay for itself many times over in the protection it can offer against future claims and potential loss of reputation for your company.