July saw the publication of 2014/15 RIDDOR statistics by the Health & Safety Executive.

RIDDOR stands for Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. Under these regulations employers must report accidents, incidents or occupational diseases in the workplace.

Find out more about the RIDDOR statistics here.

The statistics reveal that although fatal workplace incidents get the headlines non-fatal events cost the UK £5.4 billion in 2014/15 alone.

Violence at work is a major concern for many companies we speak to and in 2013/4 there were over 583,000 of these incidents.

In 56% of reported incidents a stranger was the aggressor, however in cases where the attacker was known they were most likely to be clients or members of the public known to the victim.

According to last month’s data certain sectors are more at risk than others.

It is interesting to note that Health and Social Care sector occupations bring with them a higher than average risk. This is most likely due to the nature of the work which often requires visits to client in their homes or at other remote locations.

Serious Physical Assaults at Work

By Sector

1.       Healthcare

2.       Residential Care

3.       Social Security

4.       Social Work

5.       Transport

6.       Food Services

Many cases of violence and aggression are preventable. Methods to protect staff include empowering workers with an automated safety system and implementing a zero tolerance policy towards aggression amongst clients.


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