Have you had an accident at work? Maybe. Have you seen an advert on TV offering you compensation? Definitely.
Workplace accidents are big business. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), compensation for workplace accidents in 2013 cost employers £1.4 billion.
But compensation isn’t the end of the story. Throw in lost productivity due to time off work, legal fees, rehabilitation costs and an estimate of the ‘non-financial human cost’ of an accident, and the total cost to society in 2013 comes to a cool £5.6 billion.
If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. Filter out the more minor injuries that caused the victim/clumsy oaf to take less than a week off work, and you’re left with a total of 79,708 injuries reported to the HSE in the period 2013/14. That works out, on average, as £65,238 per injury.
What on earth are we doing to ourselves at work? And which industries are the biggest culprits?
Select an industry from the drop-down menu below the chart to see how many injuries they reported to the HSE in 2013/14. You can also filter the injuries by severity by clicking the coloured totals.
Although it’s a legal requirement for workplace accidents to be reported to the HSE, it’s widely accepted that under-reporting does occur, so the actual figures are almost certainly higher. However, the more severe an injury is, the more likely it is to be reported, so the number of fatalities at work in 2013/14 is likely to be accurate.