Shocking H&S Statistics Show Importance of Business Insurance


The correct business insurance is an essential (and in many cases, legal) requirement for any organisation, and the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveal the shocking truth behind this.

30.4million Working Days Are Lost Each Year

The Health and Safety Executive has released these key health and safety statistics for 2015/2016 in Great Britain:

  • There were 1.3million working people suffering from a work-related illness.
  • 2,515 mesothelioma deaths occurred as a result of past asbestos exposure.
  • 144 workers were killed while at work.
  • 72,702 other employee injuries were reported under RIDDOR, whereas the Labour Force Survey revealed there were 621,000 injuries in the workplace.
  • 30.4million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.
  • £14.1billion was the estimated cost of these injuries and ill health caused by working conditions.

The report delves in deeper and reveals that:

  • 500,000 workers are suffering from new or longstanding work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
  • 500,000 workers are suffering from new or longstanding work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
  • In 2014/2015, the annual cost of new cases of work-related illness cost £9.3billion (excluding long latency illness such as cancer). A further £4.8billion was incurred due to workplace injury during the same period.
  • Significantly higher injury rates are found with industries such as agriculture, forestry and fishing, construction, accommodation and food services.
  • Ill health rates are statistically significantly higher than the rate for all industries in human health and social work activities, agriculture, forestry and fishing, public administration and defence.

Ensuring You Have the Right Business Cover

30.4million working days sounds a lot, but across the entire UK population that's nothing - right? Well, in fact, this is equal to nearly 98% of the working population taking a day off. Could you afford for all of your staff to take time off? If not, the correct insurance can provide the protection you need.

Here at Business Compare we help you to create custom, tailor-made insurance policies that fit your business' needs. Whether you need cover for any downtime loss of earnings as a result of staff illness or injury, or insurance in case you incur legal fees for a defence in a health and safety prosecution, we've got your back.


Build your policy and compare quotes online with us today. Start your journey here.

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