Work-Related Ill Health Affecting 1.8M

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Work-Related Ill Health
LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott Updated: In: Industrial Disease

New data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals that over 2022/23 almost two million workers in Great Britain report suffering from work-related ill health.

The HSE published their annual statistics report on work-related ill health and workplace injuries on Wednesday 22nd November.

The statistics show that 1.8 million workers reported suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23. Around half of all these cases were down to stress, depression, or anxiety with the overall figure being higher than it was in 2018/2019.

Industries with the Highest Rate of Self-Reported Work-Related Ill Health and Workplace Non-Fatal Injury

Human health/social work stands top of the list for the industry with the highest number of self-reported work-related ill health. This is followed by public administration/defence, education, administrative and support service activities, and other service activities. Agriculture, forestry, and fishing top the list for workplace non-fatal injury, followed by construction and accommodation/food service activities.

You can view the full list of most affected industries here.

Work-Related Ill Health

According to the annual HSE figures, 1.8 million workers are suffering from work-related ill health (new or long-standing). Furthermore, of the 1.8 million, 672,000 workers are suffering a new case of work-related ill health. As a result, the British workforce has lost 31.5 million working days.

In addition, deaths estimated to be linked to past exposure at work stands at 13,000 a year. This exposure at work is related primarily to chemicals or dust such as asbestos.

Work-Related Stress, Depression or Anxiety

875,000 workers are suffering from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety (new or long-term cases) according to 2022/23 HSE data. Of the 875,000 cases, 338,000 are new as of 2022/2023. As a result, Great Britain has lost 17.1 million working days over 2022/2023. Human health/social work, public admin/defence and education are the top three industries for work-related stress, depression, or anxiety.

If you’ve experienced undue stress at your workplace, our skilled employment solicitors are ready to assist you in initiating a stress at work claim. Recent studies indicate a growing prevalence of workplace stress, particularly in public sectors. Should you suspect your employer’s responsibility in this matter, our team can support you in pursuing a stress at work compensation claim.

Get in touch today for expert help and advice if you feel that you are struggling with a high stress level in your job.

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Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Furthermore, 473,000 workers are suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or long-term cases) according to 2022/23 HSE data. Of the 473,000 cases, 132,000 are new as of 2022/2023. As a result, Great Britain has lost 6.6 million working days over 2022/2023. Admin and support service activities, construction and human health/social work are the top three industries most affected. Back problems make up the largest percentage of these disorders at 41%. This is followed by upper limbs or neck at 41% and lower limbs at 17%.

Our industrial disease solicitors are here to help you get the compensation you deserve after suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

We use our understanding of health and safety regulations to establish a strong case against your employer.

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Occupational Lung Disease

12,000 workers are suffering from occupational lung disease (new or long-term cases) according to 2022/23 HSE data. Furthermore, according to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey there are 19,000 estimated new cases of breathing or lung problems caused or worsened by work each year on average over the last three years. In 2021 alone mesothelioma killed 2,268 people. The number of lung cancer deaths linked to past exposure to asbestos remains similar.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) tops the list at 34% of all occupational lung diseases. This is followed by non-asbestos related lung cancer at 24%, mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer both at 20% and finally other diseases at 2%.

Asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosismesothelioma and pleural thickening can affect anyone who has been exposed to asbestos dust in the past.

Our asbestos claims solicitors are here to help you receive compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses you have experienced as a result of asbestos exposure. We can also help family members claim compensation after the death of their loved one.

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Workplace Injury

Furthermore, in 2022/23, 571,000 workers sustained non-fatal injury according to self-reports from Labour Force Survey. Slips, trips, and falls are the highest non-fatal injury at 32%. This is followed by handling, lifting, or carrying at 17%, struck by moving object at 11%, falls from a height at 8% and acts of violence at 8%. Furthermore, 135 workers were killed from work-related accidents in 2022/23. Finally, non-fatal injuries took up 3.7 million working days.

With years of experience supporting clients who have experienced serious injury, our team of personal injury solicitors are confident they can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

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Legal Support for Work-Related Health Issues or Injuries

Considering the recent report from HSE regarding the increasing prevalence of work-related ill health and injuries, AWH Solicitors is committed to advocating for the rights of affected workers.

Our solicitors are well equipped to provide legal assistance to those who have suffered because of health and safety standards at work.

With an understanding of the growing challenges in public sectors and other industries, our team stands ready to guide you through the process of initiating a claim.

Furthermore, the recent statistics emphasises the need to legal support in a time where many of these figures are at an all time high.

At AWH Solicitors, we understand the significance of the issues highlighted in the HSE report. As a result, our teams are committed to providing support to those affected. If you find yourself navigating the aftermath of work-related health issues or injuries, our dedicated teams are ready to stand by you, offering expert advice and legal representation.

Contact us today to explore your options and take a step towards securing the justice and compensation you deserve.

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