Health And Social Work Emerges As Dangerous Industry For Staff

Industry News By Sarah

An industry that needs more safety training than other sectors is health and social work, as it has been found to be one of the most dangerous for staff members.

More non-fatal injuries in health and social work

Horizons Platforms analysed data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to determine which industry sees the largest number of work-related injuries.

It found there were 10,834 non-fatal injuries incurred by employees in the health and social work sector in the last 12 months, which is more than any other industry.

Out of these, 8,386 took more than seven days to recover from.

Despite this, the statistics also showed the rate of reported non-fatal injuries per 100,000 workers was 269, which was below the rate in construction (296), manufacturing (424), transportation and storage (684), and warehousing (1,169).

According to Horizons Platforms’ analysis, the rate of reported specified injury per 100,000 employees in the health and social work sector was 59. Manufacturing, transportation and storage, warehousing, construction, and accommodation and food service activities all saw a higher rate during the year.

The education sector also experienced a rate of reported specified injury of 63 per 100,000 people, which was higher than the health and social work industry.

Not all injuries are in manual jobs

This data showed that not all injuries are incurred by those undertaking manual jobs, and people working in all sectors need to have some health and safety training to keep themselves protected while at work.

Indeed, handling, lifting and carrying caused the biggest proportion of injuries, with 117,000 people reporting wounds as a result of having poor form when managing heavy equipment.

This was followed by slips and falls on the same level (96,000), but the third biggest cause of injuries in the workplace was being physically assaulted by a person, with an average of 40,000 people reporting this per year.

This was followed by being hit by a moving object, contact with moving machinery, falling from height, being hit by something fixed, and being injured by an animal.

Although nobody expects to become wounded when working in a manual industry, such as construction or manufacturing, those working directly with people are even less likely to think they will come home from work with an injury.

Therefore, they will require specific training when it comes to how to deal with volatile and sensitive situations.

Ways to avoid injuries at work

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that health and safety regulations are met.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 sets out the duties bosses have towards their workers as well as members of the public, and employees have towards one another, to avoid workplace injuries and even fatalities.

This includes making sure the correct equipment is used and that it is properly maintained, the right PPE is provided for staff, and protocols are understood by the entire team.

It is also essential that employees are given regular health and safety training so they know how to protect themselves, and their colleagues, at all times.


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