West Country Named Most Dangerous Area of Britain to Work

Reported in the Western Daily Express, ‘The number of people killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents is higher in the West Country than the rate in the rest of Britain, new figures reveal today.

Their publication by the Health & Safety Executive has led to calls for tougher sanctions on businesses who were last night accused of not putting the safety of staff first.

The HSE revealed that a dozen people were killed in workplace incidents in 2012-13, and another 1,876 suffered a major injury. There were also 4,662 injuries to employees that required them to be off work for more than seven days.

That meant the rate of death or serious injury to workers in the West was 81.4 for every 100,000 employees – which is higher than the national average rate of 78.9.’

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Employee Health Suffering due to Long Commutes

As reported by Yahoo Small Business Advisor, the Office of National Statistics has reported  that those with a commute higher than 45 minutes are “less satisfied with their lives”, “rated their daily activities as less worthwhile” and “reported higher anxiety” than those who don’t have a long commute to make each morning.

This research also found that mode of transport had a major impact on an employee’s feelings towards their commute. Employees who took the bus to work fell way behind their non-commuting colleagues when it came to life satisfaction and feeling that their daily activities were worthwhile, while those who take the train are far more likely to suffer from anxiety.

While you might have suspected that your employees are spending their most productive hours making their way to your office, would you have guessed that the journey was having such a profound impact on their wellbeing?

When you consider these facts alongside the knowledge that the average workers spends five weeks a year commuting, it’s easy to see how your employees might not reach you in tip-top condition each morning.




One in Five UK workers take time off due to Mental Health Stress

According to the International Business Times, mental health stress makes one in five UK workers take time off.

Reporting on the research from MetLife Employee Benefits, which questioned more than 2,000 people. It was declared that,  ‘on average employees who have taken time off for stress have been absent for five days but nearly one in 10 employees have had to take more than six days off work through stress’.

In addition, the International Business Times reported that the survey, found that one in ten (10%) of staff have had to take time off work due to sports-related injuries in the past year while 8% have had to take time off due to hangovers and other alcohol-related issues.

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Employee Health is Key to the Success of a Business

Employee health is key to the success of a business. The Cipd have available this great factsheet highlighting the legal oblogations as well as the benefits of keeping employees healthy.

It is the view of the Cipd that ‘ensuring that employees are safe and healthy at work has to be one of the fundamental requirements of the employer’. Taken from the factsheet, Cipd highlight through their findings, ‘although the law is extensive in this area, it is important that employers view health and safety as a basic part of employment provision and not something that has to be addressed just because of the law.

Employers who invest in the health and well-being of their staff by ensuring their managers are equipped with people management skills and providing work-life balance opportunities for staff, as well as support to help those with health problems to return to work sooner rather than later, will benefit from enhanced employee engagement and lower levels of absence and staff attrition’.

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Health and Work Service launching this Autumn

Set to launch in October, the ‘Health and Work Service’, part of the cross-government Health, Work and Wellbeing initiative, will provide occupational health advice and support for both employers and employees.

Currently Employers face an annual bill of around £9bn in sick pay and associated costs. Research shows that nearly a million employees each year are absent from work for a period of at least four weeks at a time, and around 300,000 people a year will end up falling out of work because of a health related condition.

In order to resolve these issues, in early 2011 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) requested an independent review to assess the sickness absence system and make recommendations for change.

The report by Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE was published in November 2011. Following consultation, the government published its response in January 2013, setting out among other things its plans for the new assessment service.

The Health and Work Service, which will cover England, Wales and Scotland, will offer non-compulsory medical assessments and treatment plans.  It will be run by the private sector and paid for by scrapping compensation to employers for statutory sick pay. Ministers say employers will save money overall by having fewer staff off sick and they it may save companies up to £70m a year in reduced sickness pay and related costs.

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