Help cut wave of sickness

 

WORKPLACE health organisation Health@Work says Merseyside employers must play their part in reducing absenteeism after a survey showed sick leave levels had hit a four-year high.

According to a survey conducted by the Health and Safety Executive, UK employers have in the past year lost more hours to work-related employee ill health and injuries than at any time in the past four years.

The poll shows an average annual loss of one and a half days from ill health and injury caused by work, with one in every 100 workers – a total of 274,000 – experiencing a non-fatal, reportable injury. The highest rates occurred in construction, manufacturing and transport. Laurie McMillan, Workplace Safety Advisor at Health@Work said: “It is worrying to see statistics like this and as a result employers should be looking at ways to buck the trend and reduce the number of absent employees due to work-related factors.

“Awareness of health and safety practices is paramount.”

(Source: Alistair Houghton, Liverpool Daily Post)

Richard Reid is the founder of Pinnacle Proactive, Specialising in theEmployee Assistance ProgramStress ManagementStaff Retention & Absenteeism. Take a Proactive Approach to Growing Your Organisation & its People. For more info visit http://www.pinnacleproactive.com

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