• In 2009/10 the LBS findings suggests that an estimated 1.3 million people who had worked in the last 12 months, and a further 0.8 million former workers, suffered from ill health which they thought was work related.
  • On average, each person suffering from a work-related illness or a workplace injury took an estimated 15.9 days off work in the last 12 months (on average 20.8 days for ill health and 6.5 days for injury) (see http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/lfs/0809/swit1.htm
  • Musculoskeletal disorders were by far the most common with 538 000 people who had worked in the last year suffering, followed by stress, depression or anxiety with 415 000 people. Figure 1 and http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/lfs/0809/swit3w12.htm).
  • Industry sectors3 ‘health and social work’ and ‘public administration and defence’ had prevalence rates of work-related illness statistically significantly higher than average (three-year average) (see http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/lfs/0809/wriind2_3yr.htm).
  • Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost in 2008/09, with an estimated 11.4 million and 9.3 million days off work (full-day equivalent) respectively (see Figures 6 and 7 and http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/lfs/0809/swit1.htm).
  • Of the estimated prevalence of individuals suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder in 2008/09, an estimated 227 000 (42%) suffered from a disorder mainly affecting their back, 215 000 (40%) from a disorder mainly affecting their upper limbs or neck, and 96 000 (18%) mainly affecting their lower limbs (see Figure 1 and http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/lfs/0809/swit3w12.htm).

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