TWO MILLION workers suffer ill health which they believe was caused or made worse by work, research by the Health & Safety Executive has revealed.
The Self reported Work-related Illness survey 2004/05 indicates that of the 2M around 600,000 workers were affected by the illness for the first time in the last year. UK companies lost approximately 28M working days to ill health last year. Skilled construction and building trades head the list of those suffering from ill health, with workers in health, social welfare and teaching close behind.Key causes of ill health include musculoskeletal disorders, suffered by 1M workers and stress, suffered by 500,000. Ill health became more widespread last year, reversing a recent trend in improving health.The full report can be downloaded from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/swi/swi0405.pdf