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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published annual performance statistics for 2015/16. There are no significant improvements in key areas over 2014/15.
|Non-fatal injuries to workers||600,000|
|RIDDOR-reportable '7 day' injuriess||152,000|
|Cases of work-related illness||1.3 million|
|Working days lost because of injury and ill health||30.4 million|
|Annual costs of workplace injury||£4.8 billion|
|Prosecutions by HSE and Procurator Fiscal in Scotland||660 (conviction rate of 95%)|
|Fines from prosecutions||£38.3 million|
The conviction rate of 95% by the HSE and Procurator Fiscal in Scotland was up from 2014/15 rates of 94%. Fines for prosecutions were up from £18.1 million in 2014/15.
The HSE issued fewer enforcement notices in 2015/16 (down from 12,430 to 11,403 in 2014/15). The number of successful appeals against such notices (through the Employment Appeals Tribunal process) is very low.
These statistics show how serious, and dangerous, hazards in the workplace can be.
Businesses in the UK, in general, have a strong commitment to health and safety. This is important, particularly in light of high conviction rates for breaches and tougher sentencing guidelines since February 2016 - with fines related to turnover.
You have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of your workers at work, and of members of the public who visit your workplace - so make sure you have policies in place to protect them.
You can minimise risks and hazards in the workplace by completing a health and safety review. You can use our health and safety documents to carry this out effectively, including our:
These documents can help you to keep your employees safe, and help make sure your company complies with health and safety law.