Nearly 30 per cent of workplace injuries in Singapore are now the result of slips, trips and falls, according to the Straits Times. The first six months of 2019 saw more than 1,800 injuries, a 6 per cent increase on last year, with totals of more than 3,000 per year over the past four years.
The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) newly published statistics on workplace fatalities revealed that 147 people were killed at work in the 12 months to the end of March (a rate of 0.45 deaths per 100,000 workers). A quarter of fatal injuries were sustained by workers aged 60 or over.
Every year, an average of 4,400 people aged between 25-64 in England die as the result of accidents, including those at work, and there are 240,000 annual accident-related hospital admissions, RoSPA notes in a new national strategy published on 11 October. Although most incidents occur outside work, the knock-on financial effect on businesses is huge.