The Health and Safety Inspectorate annual report for 2017 has now been published.
The report summarises the work carried out by the Inspectorate during 2017 and also provides statistical information on work-related accidents and ill health sourced from claims made for Social Security benefit during the year.
Tammy Fage, Director of Health and Safety, said “2017 was another busy year, with competing demands on the Inspectorate’s limited resource. The Inspectorate carried out 71 investigations into serious work-related accidents and followed up on 171 complaints about working activities. 75 proactive inspections of high-risk workplaces were carried out. The Inspectorate responded to over 4,100 telephone calls and provided more than 3,700 written responses to requests for advice and guidance. 3 prosecutions were heard by the Royal Court for health and safety offences.
1359 claims were submitted to Social Security for short-term incapacity allowance arising from a work-related accident or ill health. Whilst it was positive to note that this represented the lowest rate of combined work-related accident and ill health claims per head of working population since 2006, when the first reliable data is available, this figure is still far too high.
In addition to the very real impact work-related injury or ill health has on individuals, their families and colleagues, nearly 35,000 working days were lost in 2017 and just over £1 million was paid out in benefit”.
The report is available on the States of Jersey website.