Health and safety for the workplace statistics are in for Great Britain
News - 07 November 2018
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Health and Safety at Work summary statistics for Great Britain were recently published, and provide a good birds-eye view of the present health and safety record. Whilst the landscape industry has yet to get their own category (we’re still in the no man’s land between the forestry, agriculture and fishing category and construction category) the statistics provide a great source of information for benchmarking and reflection. Whilst this year continues the long-term decline in workplace injuries and work-related musculoskeletal disorders, these are negated by increases in work-related stress, anxiety or depression, and occupational lung disease. The statistics report little overall change to total work-related ill health, which is regrettable.
BALI is currently working with the BALI National Contractors Forum - BALI NCF and collating data specific to the industry, which we will use to aid future learning and improved safety within the industry. Whilst the statistics produced by the HSE are a good start, BALI aim to develop an industry-focussed set of data which, in time, will lead to focussed training material and even liaison with manufacturers to produce products which reduce injuries in the sector.
The full HSE document is available from the following link: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/hssh1718.pdf