Workplace injury and ill health cost Britain £14.9bn last year, but the lion’s share of cost was spent on illness caused by work.

A total of £5.3bn was spent due to workplace injury, the recently published Health and Safety Executive (HSE) annual statistics 2016/17 show. In comparison, £9.7bn was spent on new cases of work-related ill health – even without considering the costs of long-latency illness such as cancer.

The report finds that 1.3 million workers suffered from work-related ill health last year and that 12,000 people died due to past exposure to chemicals or dust at work. Lung disease is by far the leading cause of deaths from ill health at work – 13,000 deaths being the overall total for ill health.

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