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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Health and Safety

  Essential Safety Wear   Feb 09, 2016   Health and Safety Wear   0 Comment

We’re always full of surprises here at Essential Safety Wear. So, here are 10 facts that we’re pretty sure you don’t know about health and safety:

  1. 28.2 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury, according to the 2013/2014 Great British statistics (HSE Health and Safety statistics).
  2. Apparently, accident rates are lower (around 14%) where employees feel that they have a say in health and safety matters (HSE facts and figures).
  3. 142 workers were killed at work in 2014/15 (HSE Health and Safety statistics).
  4. There were 2,538 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures in 2013 (HSE Health and Safety statistics).
  5. The company Caterpillar Inc. (famous for its CAT safety boots) dates back to 1925, when the Holt Manufacturing Company merged with the C. L. Best Tractor Company and formed a completely new business (Wikipedia).
  6. The estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions was £14.2 billion in 2012/13 (HSE Health and Safety statistics).
  7. Although the construction industry accounts for about 5% of British employees, it accounted for 31% of fatal injuries to employees and 10% of reported major or specified injuries (HSE Health and Safety statistics).
  8. In 1888, John Boyd Dunlop (of the company Dunlop) invents the pneumatic tyre (a tyre inflated with air) and, in 1896, Dunlop was registered as a trademark (the Dunlop website).
  9. Stress levels are very high in the health and social care sector (HSE website).
  10. The company Dr Martens was founded in 1947 (Wikipedia).

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