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Major Workplace Disasters

Research indicates that since the Introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974, fatal injuries to employees have fallen by 87%, and reported non-fatal injuries have fallen by 77%.

However, recent figure provide evidence that 153 workers have a work-related accident every 53 seconds in the UK. Over 1.2 million people are suffering from a work related illness.133 workers have been killed at work between 2013 and 2014, and 28.2 million days have been lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. It is abundantly clear that more must be done to increase awareness and the education of people in the workplace.

Certain industries provide greater risk than others. For example one in every 100 workers in the UK is employed in the agricultural sector, and it accounts for the deaths of one in every five employees. However, regardless of the industry, it is the responsibility of the employer to identify, address and control any hazards or risks in the workplace. It is the responsibility of the employee to adhere to the safety procedures put in place by the employer, and to be responsible at work.

In this infographic, we have attempted to illustrate some examples of the dangers of failing to meet the correct safety standards at work. We hope that it can increase awareness and ensure the correct safety standards are met in the workplace everyday.

Infographic shows details of major workplace disasters

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