This comes from analysis by Vizwear, using data from the Heath and Safety Executive and European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
It found that there were 0.5 fatalities at work per 100,000 people in the UK, compared to the worst offenders Luxembourg who have 5.02. The UK was also ranked fourth in Europe for the frequency of its risk assessments (91.9% of businesses), only beaten by Denmark (92%), Slovenia (94.2%) and Italy (94.6%).
An international survey to determine the levels of health and safety across Europe asked workers in each European country a number of questions, including whether or not they felt as though their health or safety was at risk because of their work. Only 18% of UK employees felt as though their health or safety was at risk when they’re at work.
“It’s not surprising that the UK is performing well,” says Daniel Ure from PPE experts Vizwear. “Health and safety is something this country takes very seriously and businesses have steadily become savvier with the correct ways to protect their workers”.
“All careers pose their own risks and dangers to employees, which is why it’s so important for all business owners to assess the risks, not just construction companies or manufacturers”.