Lower management takes toll on men’s health

Lower
managerial and professional staff suffer the most from work-related illnesses,
with men more likely to be affected than women.

Statistics
from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that 2.3 million people
suffered work-related health problems in 2001/02, accounting for a loss of 33
million working days.

The
figures are published in the Occupational Health Statistics Bulletin and show
that males account for more of the working days lost and that the risk of
work-related ill health increases with age.

Occupations
with the highest self-reported rates included protective services such as the
police, health professionals, construction workers, teachers and researchers.

Analysis
by geographical area shows Wales has one of the highest rates of illness while
Scotland has the lowest.

www.hse.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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