According to research from Direct Line, businesses are losing at least an average of 1.4 million days of workers productivity each year due to illness and / or some type of injury or sickness.
The newly found research discovered that workers took as much as 4.3 million sick days between 2014 and 2017, almost 600,000 (568,000) of those days are the result of accidents occurring in the workplace. Since 2014, 147,000 workers have been off for at least more than 7 consecutive days. On top of this, an average of 3,927 workers had called in sick or injured every single day.
An example for highlighting dangers in the construction industry, and how risky it can be, was that from the year of 2012 to 2017, there were at least 26,196 non-fatal accidents recorded whilst victims were on building sites. With 196 of accidents proving fatal. Perhaps not too surprising was the fact that just under half (49%) of fatal accidents that occurred on a building site were the result of falls from height.
There were just over 100,000 non-fatal accidents that lead to injury as a result of slips, trips or falls but from no considerable height. Whilst nearly 90,000 (84,734) non-fatal accidents were the result of workers carrying, lifting or handling something.
Between the years of 2015 and 2016 almost 250 (246) of construction related cases were brought to trial by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) for failure to meet standards. Around 205 of the cases ended up with the employers being issued a fine. The number of fines as a result of a trial fell to 156 in the years between 2016 and 2017, as well as the number of convictions for cases brought to trial which fell to 206.
Within the years of 2016 and 2017 we saw the lowest number of fatal accidents in the construction industry for the last 5 years with just 30 deaths, 17 less than between 2015 and 2016.
Head of Direct Line for Business, Matt Boatwright, commented: “Our research highlights that further improvements could be made to ensure productivity does not suffer due to sick days following accidents at work. Many jobs are dangerous, but the construction industry in particular comes with a lot of risks. A simple slip or fall could have disastrous consequences for an employee and a business as a whole. Business owners should ensure they have the appropriate cover in place to cover them should they be liable for an accident occurring due to the work they are undertaking. Employers’ liability will cover them if an employee is injured and public liability cover will be required in the event that an injury is caused to a third party.”