20,000 People Killed By Jobs Each Year Says TUC

The report says that:

  • At least 20,000 people die early as a result of cancers, lung disorders, traffic accidents, exposure to chemicals/fumes etc
  • Just over 8,000 deaths are caused each year by occupational cancers
  • Roughly 1.2 million people working in the UK suffer from work related illnesses such as stress, back paid, neck pain, heart disease, depression, anxiety etc
  • Red tape surrounding health and safety should not be reduced by the Government
  • A Health and Safety ‘tsar’ should be appointed by the Government

Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary, said that “Despite the way that health and safety is often pilloried, for those who are made ill or injured at work and for the relatives of those who have died as a result of their work, health and safety is no joke. Regulation works, as long as it is enforced, and it saves lives and prevents the contraction of unnecessary illnesses. That is why the UK continues to need strong regulation and enforcement.”

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