Accident rates are falling, but stress is increasing

Despite a rise in the number of fatal injuries in 2010/11, the overall number of accidents has seen a 6% decrease compared with 2009/10. Workplace fatalities rose from 147 to 171.

Predictably, the sectors with the highest injury rates are construction and agriculture where the levels are 173 and 111 injuries per 100,000 workers respectively. It is estimated that over 22 million working days were lost due to ill health and another 4.4 million because of injury.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that for the first time, stress is the most common reason for long-tem absence in both professional and manual workers, superseding musculoskeletal disorders and acute medical conditions.

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