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Work-related ill health hits 2m in 2022/23

Nearly two million workers in Great Britain reported suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23, according to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics on work-related ill health and workplace injuries. The statistics reveal that 1.8 million workers reported they were suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23, with approximately half of the cases […]

HSE kicks off Working Minds campaign to improve truck driver safety

More needs to be done to protect Britain’s truckers from work-related stress according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), whose Working Minds campaign in partnership with the Road Haulage Agency is targeting drivers – and their bosses – to promote good mental health whilst at work. When safe to do so, drivers can text […]

Workplace complacency leading to a ‘safety plateau’

New statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlight a disheartening stagnation in the ongoing efforts to reduce work-related fatalities in Great Britain, according to a leading Health & Safety expert. According to the regulator’s latest report, a total of 135 workers tragically lost their lives as a result of work-related accidents between April 2022 and March 2023. Nick […]

HSE begins inspections of manufacturing for silica risks

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors have begun a targeted inspection initiative focusing on manufacturing businesses where materials that contain silica are used, including brick and tile manufacturers and foundries. Exposure to airborne particles of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) can lead to life-changing respiratory conditions such as silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Silica is a […]

HSE shines spotlight on woodworking firms

Many woodworking businesses are endangering workers’ lives by failing to implement the measures required to prevent or control exposure to wood dust, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Supported by HSE’s Dust Kills campaign, which provides free advice to businesses and workers on the control measures required to prevent exposure to dust, HSE […]

Study says HSE struggling to run investigations due to funding issues

The number of mandatory HSE investigations that weren’t carried out because of resourcing issues increased nearly 200-fold between 2016/17 and 2021/22. That’s according to a report from Prospect union, HSE under pressure: a perfect storm , which details the build-up of problems at HSE after years of underfunding, overwork and underpay. The research, using HSE’s own figures, […]

‘Forever chemicals’ focus of new HSE report

A new report from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has set out in detail the extent to which so-called ‘forever chemicals’ are used in the UK. It has analysed how these substances, or PFAS (Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances) are used. The report has also included exposure from everyday items such as food wrappers, cleaning […]

Wine company fined £800k after HGV driver fatality

A wine and drinks supplier has been fined after a visiting HGV driver was killed after being hit by a forklift truck at its depot in Salford, with HSE pressing the need for clear safety instructions in loading areas. John Fitzpatrick was waiting for his trailer to be loaded at Kingsland Drinks Ltd in Irlam […]

Official data show growing mental health toll on UK workforce

The estimated number of workers in Great Britain suffering a work-related illness is 1.8 million with stress, depression, and anxiety making up around half of cases, new figures show. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its annual statistics on work-related ill health and workplace injuries. The figures from Great Britain’s workplace regulator show there […]

Health risks to port workers highlighted by HSE

Port and distribution workers who play a crucial role in making sure items are delivered to buyers in the UK could be putting their health at risk. Approximately 63.2 million tonnes of goods were handled by UK ports in 2015 in freight containers. These containers are opened on arrival by workers at Great Britain’s ports […]