HSE research highlights increase in injury rates during winter months
There are strong seasonal variations in workplace injury rates according to the HSE.
The research into workplace injury rates, carried out by the University of Warwick found that workplace injury rates are higher than average during the autumn and winter months (except for December).
It explains this seasonal variation by increases in the number of hours worked by employees. It also showed that the injury rate and total numbers of injuries tend to increase in times of higher economic growth and fall as growth slows.
Analysis of workplace injury rates by region and country found no special risks. Any differences in injury rates can be attributed to the nature of the industries occupations or characteristics of the job holders in each area, researchers found.
The HSE plans to hold four public seminars in Bootle, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to discuss the results.
Seminars: Syeda Alam, HSE Strategic Support Branch 020-7717 6420 HSE Infoline 08701 545500.