Trade Union Unite recently launched an attack on Government minsters, claiming that workplace health and safety statistics are largely inaccurate and don’t paint a true picture of the UK’s current workplace health and safety track record.
In fact, annual figures released by the Health and Safety Executive are thought to be around 800% short of the true figure. Naturally, this is a great concern. The inaccurate figures are leading to Government ministers calling for cuts within health and safety, as they believe that UK health and safety is better than anyone else. Unite claim that this is nothing more than a myth.
2011 figures released by the Health and Safety Executive reported 171 deaths in the UK as a result of work-related incidents, whereas the figure should have been around the 1,400 mark.
On top of this, it is estimated that between 20,000-50,000 people die each year as a result of occupational diseases, such as mesothelioma, which are caused by negligent exposures to hazardous substances, such as asbestos.
General secretary of Unite highlighted the fact that if cuts do go ahead, the number of injuries and fatalities will increase:
“The Government is hell bent on reducing health and safety regulations and standards. It will lead to fewer inspections, less enforcement and more deaths, injuries and ill-health at work.”
Rather than making cuts, Unite believe that more money needs to be pumped in to health and safety, in order to improve working conditions for employees nationwide.