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Health & Safety Executive Key Annual Figures 2007/2008



  • 229 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.8 per 100 000 workers.
  • 136 771 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 517.9 per 100 000 employees.
  • 299 000 reportable injuries occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey, a rate of 1000 per 100 000 workers.

Working days lost

  • 34 million days were lost overall (1.4 days per worker), 28 million due to work-related ill health and 6 million due to workplace injury.

Ill health

  • 2.1 million people were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work.
  • 1.3 million of these cases were suffered by people working during the year, of which 563 000 were new cases.
  • 2056 people died of mesothelioma (2006), and thousands more from other occupational cancers and lung diseases

Prosecutions taken by HSE

In 2007/08, there were 1 137 offences prosecuted by HSE that were heard in that year. Of these, 1 028 were completed, resulting in 839 convictions (82%). Of the 1 028 figure, two offences, both leading to convictions, relate to railways. These were initiated by HSE, although this industry is now enforced by ORR.

The average penalty per conviction in 2007/08 was £12 896. If fines of £100 000 and above are excluded, this gives an average penalty of £7 809.

The figure of 1 028 offences prosecuted represents individual breaches of separate health and safety legislation, and a dutyholder may be prosecuted for more than one breach within the same prosecution case. In 2007/08, the 1028 offences prosecuted represents 565 cases, of which there were 537 cases (95%) where a conviction was secured against at least one breach.

Let me illustrate the potential consequences of failing to comply with current Health & Safety Regulations. Below are a couple of actual cases that were prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive. (Further details can be found on the HSE web site –

Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust – Were prosecuted for a breach of the Electricity at Work Regulations reg(4)2. An employee received an electric shock whilst cleaning. Lack of PPM lead to damage and exposure of live conductors at 240 volts and absence of earthing and supplementary earthing. They received a £3,000 fine plus £1,626 in costs. A total of £4,626. Case number; F110000743.

LEEC Ltd – Were prosecuted for lack of maintenance under the Electricity at Work Regulations reg 4(2). They were fined £4,500 for 3 separate breaches. A total of £13,500. Case numbers; F130000426, F130000427 & F130000428.


What tends to catch out many companies are the hidden costs: -

  • The HSE may serve notice requiring the company to implement improvement notices. These can cost a substantial amount of money and the company may find that it does not have long to implement them. So you cannot shop around.
  • Your insurance costs will rise.
  • You will be paying injured staff to stay at home on sick pay. You may need to pay other staff overtime to make up for their increased work load.
  • The HSE has a name and shame policy. If you get an improvement notice, prohibition notice or if taken to court they WILL publish your company’s name with limited details of the failing on their web site. That will allow future and present clients to see that you have had a failure. If that happens then you can expect to loose customers.
  • Bad publicity, especially from local newspapers that are desperate for a small story to be made big will not help.
  • You may have to replace equipment and vehicles etc.
  • Increased tyre and engine wear with increased fuel consumption. Etc, etc.
  • If there is a pollution incident, the Environment Agency can, under UK legislation authorise the immediate clean up. Any costs incurred to clean up and make good WILL be met by your company. No questions asked and the EA does not have to waste time going for competitive bids. In essence, they bring in the people that they want and you foot the bill.


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