The Cost and Causes to Poor Health & Safety in the Workplace

Every year, thousands of people in the UK are forced to take time off work due to health and safety - related issues. According to the Health and Safety Executive in 2017/2018 there were 144 fatal injuries to workers. They also recorded,...

Published October 8, 2019

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Every year, thousands of people in the UK are forced to take time off work due to health and safety - related issues. According to the Health and Safety Executive in 2017/2018 there were 144 fatal injuries to workers. They also recorded, 30.7 million working days were lost due to workplace injuries/illness.

 

The costs of poor health and safety

  • Compensation- which also would include legal costs of both parties
  • Loss of productivity- if someone is not at work due to injury or illness
  • Treatment- first aid, hospital bills, physio ect.
  • Prosecution- including legal costs
  • Reputation of the company and its values
  • Pain, suffering and possible disability for the injured party


Causes of accidents and ill health

  • Slips and Trips
  • Poor handling, lifting and carrying techniques
  • Falls from height
  • Misuse of machinery
  • Using harmful substances
  • Not following instructions
  • Noise-induced illness
  • Stress

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There are 3 factors to consider when identifying the cause of an accident:

 

Environmental Factors- these are associates with the area in which we work and include safe floors, safe entry and exit routes, noise, facilities, space, lighting, heating and ventilation.

Human Factors – these refer to the behaviour and ability of the individual, what we do and why we do it. The following can cause injuries:

  • Lack of knowledge- due to insufficient training or instructions
  • Lack of concentration- due to tiredness, complacency, boredom or distraction. Drinking alcohol or long working hours can contribute towards this
  • Horseplay- the workplace is not an area in which to fool around
  • Lack of capability- sometimes, however well trained, certain workers are unable to do the job safely

Occupational Factors- these are directly related to the job or task and include the manual handling of loads, use of equipment and the use of hazardous substances.

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