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Working in Britain: how safe is it?

London based construction company Barroerock Construction have been fined £750,000 after repeated asbestos failings uncovered by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Asbestos related deaths have been on the rise with companies such as Barroerock failing to meet health and safety laws and regulations.

The other side of health and safety statistics is work-related ill health which includes depression, anxiety and stress. However, in regard to the construction industry, the statistics are more worrying. Every year 13,000 people die due to exposure to chemicals and dusts at work with a further 2515 people losing their lives due to expose to asbestos.

The graph shows a decline in deaths projected in upcoming years however, the number of deaths is still high.

Not only are the stats concerning in regard to the health and safety of workers, but annually the cost to Britain is over £14 billion.

As the graphs show the main concern is work-related illness compared to injury with the cost to Britain only lowering by 3 billion over 10 years with the costs still incredibly high.

 

However, in comparison with other countries the U.K is ranking relatively well. As a country, we have the lowest standardised incidence rate and the 2nd lowest rate of self-reported injury and self-reported health problems. The U.K appears to perform consistently compared to other European countries with low percentages across all the charts.

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