I have worked in all capacities in the past 10 years, both as employed and self-employed, for big schools and small families and from home.
I have never seriously considered safety at work until I read the new research by personal injury solicitors, Hayward Baker, which reveals the unsafe and unsanitary working conditions that are putting the health of millions of British workers in serious danger.
The in-depth study discovered a staggering 69% of British workers – 21 million of them – claim their workplace to be a health hazard. Please see the above attached infographic for more research findings although top level figures here:
· 35 percent of working Brits have picked up an illness from their place of work – with 18 percent claiming to have been struck down with food poisoning or caught a stomach bug because of dirty conditions.
· A further 39 percent have even suffered an injury at work – with two in ten (20 percent) Brits having been to hospital due to a work-related illness or injury.
· Shockingly, almost half (46 percent) of those polled complained to their bosses about the state of their place of work, with a further 21 percent saying their manager did nothing to rectify the situation.
The research was commissioned following the launch of the personal injury solicitor’s new interactive injury compensation calculator, which provides workers with an estimate of how much compensation they would be entitled to following an accident or injury at work.
It sure makes me glad to realise that all the people and companies I worked for so far took clear steps in safeguarding me and others working for them. I couldn’t imagine a more horrid situation than the one in which you get injured in your work place due to unsafe conditions or a manager’s lenient attitude towards worker safety.
I’m also very glad that as a blogger I get to work from home and that there are no hazardous activities or conditions involved in this occupation, other that expressing opinions others might find offensive :-)!
Have you suffered from an injury at work? Was the company supportive towards you or did you have to seek help elsewhere in settling the matter and getting the support you needed in your recovery?
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.
Eeeek, those stats are quite shocking really! Mind you, I have worked some in awful places myself so can’t be overly surprised really.
Very interesting indeed. Safety at work is super important! x
they are really quite shocking stats. Before I left work to have my kids I worked in a really new office so everything was in great condition – such a shame it isn’t like that for a lot of people
In my previous job i used to be responsible for health and safety in the workplace and it was something we took very seriously but I think it’s shocking how many companies get away with having such poor practices in place. More needs to be done to protect the health and safety of employees x
They are really shocking statistics! Healthy and safety in the workplace is so important! x
I worry about hubby as he works with machinery, although touch wood he has been fine!
This is so interesting! Who knew the workplace was so dangerous x
Those are very scary statistics. It is terrifying that 6% of people have lost limbs or body parts. It makes me wonder what their jobs are. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
In my days of working for employers, it did become apparent that safety was sometimes only as far as ‘what they could get away with’. The number of broken chairs (I didn’t break them!) was just the start!