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Health and Safety – the year in review

The annual Health and Safety Statistics, published by the Health and Safety Executive records details of workplace health and safety in Great Britain.

For the period 2013/2014 there were 1.2 million self-reported health and safety incidents and approximately half a million of these cases developed during the year. A further 0.8 million cases were reported by former workers.

Although there is an overall trend towards a falling number of self-reported work-related illnesses since 2001/2002 there has been a slight increase since 2009.

There were 244 000 new cases of stress, depression or anxiety – which has remained broadly flat for over a decade. However, mental ill health is most often the reason for lost working days.

The economic cost of workplace ill health has been calculated for the 2012/2013 period and was estimated at £14.2 billion.

To find out more about the Health and Safety record for Great Britain you can view the latest report on the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/hssh1314.pdf