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      Work-related illness costs the UK £14.1 billion

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      The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that 1.3 million people suffered from a work-related illness in 2015/2016, costing the UK economy a staggering £14.1 billion.

      According to the statistics, a total of 30.4 million working days were lost to illness and injury. Of the 1.3 million workers affected, half a million suffered from musculoskeletal disorders, while the same number experienced work-related stress, depression, or anxiety.

      The annual cost of work-related illness and longstanding cases cost the UK a total of £14.1 billion, with new illness cases alone topping £9.3 billion. The Health and Safety Executive issued £38.3 million in fines in 2015/2016.

      To view the full statistics and key facts, visit hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm.

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      Molly Dyson

      Former Editor – PA Life

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