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The Cost of Accidents at Work Nick Higginson Health & Safety Advisor Why Prevent Accidents? Humane Legal Economic Humane Prevent suffering and maintain quality of life No-one should be expected to risk life and limb in return for a contract of employment Legal

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the cost of accidents at work

The Cost of Accidents at Work

Nick Higginson

Health & Safety Advisor

why prevent accidents
Why Prevent Accidents?
  • Humane
  • Legal
  • Economic
humane
Humane
  • Prevent suffering and maintain quality of life
  • No-one should be expected to risk life and limb in return for a contract of employment
legal
Legal
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Variety of other Acts and Regulations
  • Failures can lead to:
    • Enforcement notices
    • Prosecution
    • Civil actions for compensation
slide6
“We recognise the importance of costing loss events as part of total safety management. Good safety is good business”

Dr. J Whiston, ICI Group SHE Manager

slide7
“Safety is, without doubt, the most crucial investment we can make, and the question is not what it costs us, but what it saves.”

Robert McKee, Chairman Conoco (UK) Ltd.

slide8
“Prevention is not only better, but cheaper than cure…Profits and safety are not in competition. On the contrary, safety at work is good business.”

Basil Butler, MD British Petroleum plc

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“We saved £750,000 on insurance premiums through improving our systematic management of health and safety.”

Birse Group plc

accident costs iceberg
Accident Costs Iceberg

Insurance Costs

Uninsured Costs

insurance costs
Insurance Costs
  • Employers Liability
  • Public Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Motor Vehicle
uninsured costs
Uninsured Costs
  • Product and material damage
  • Lost production time
  • Legal costs
  • Overtime & temporary labour
  • Investigation time/Administration
  • Supervisors time
  • Fines
  • Loss of expertise/experience
  • Loss of morale
  • Bad publicity
piper alpha
Piper Alpha
  • 167 dead
  • Estimated cost of over £2 billion
grangemouth
Grangemouth
  • BP refinery fire in 1987
  • One person died
  • Cost £50 million in property damage
  • Cost further £50 million due to business interruption
hse example
HSE Example
  • Small engineering firm (15 workers)
  • Workers sleeve caught on rotating drill
  • Both bones in lower arm broken
  • 12 days in hospital
  • Off work for 3 months
  • Admin duties for 5 months
  • Unable to operate machinery for 8 months
  • Managing Director Prosecuted
  • 2 employees made redundant to prevent company going out of business
costs to company
Costs to Company

Wages for injured worker over period =

Lost production/remedial work required =

Overtime wages to cover lost production =

Wages for replacement worker =

Loss of time of manager/MD =

Legal expenses =

Fines and court costs =

Increase in Insurance Premiums =

£10000

£8000

£3000

£7000

£4000

£3000

£4000

£6000

Total cost to business = £45000

hs g 96
HS(G)96
  • Cost of Accidents
  • HSE Research
  • 5 Case Studies:
    • Construction Site
    • Creamery
    • Transport Company
    • Oil Platform
    • NHS Hospital
construction site
Construction Site
  • Construction of Supermarket
  • 12 month project
  • Total losses of £700,000
  • Equates to 8.5% of tender price
  • Insured to Uninsured = £1:£11
creamery
Creamery
  • Manufacture of dairy products
  • 340 staff
  • Total annual costs £975,336
  • Equates to 1.4% of total operating costs
  • Insurance to Uninsured = £1:£36
transport company
Transport Company
  • Fleet of tankers
  • 80 employees
  • 65 vehicles
  • Total annual loss £48,928
  • Equates to 37% of annual profits
  • Insurance to Uninsured = £1:£8
oil platform
Oil Platform
  • North Sea
  • 100 staff on platform
  • Total annual loss £3,763,684
  • Equivalent of shutting down the platform one day a week
  • Insurance to Uninsured = £1:£11