Lockton HSeries - Transport sector records sharp rise in sickness absence

In the 2019/2020 period, days lost to illness have increased substantially in the transportation & storage sector, according to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) 2020 annual statistics.

While it is safe to say that this deterioration has been driven partially by the Covid-19 pandemic as a similar trend has been registered across all sectors, it does appear that transportation & storage has been hit particularly hard.

The industry also continues to see large volumes of workplace accident with RIDDOR injury reports resulting from warehousing activities accounting for more incidents than any other area of the Transportation and Logistics sector. This is unsurprising considering that these activities come with significant injury potential, particularly resulting from manual handling, slip and trip, vehicle on premises and ‘struck by’ risks.

However, pleasingly there is cause for optimism with the volume of incident reports in this area, along with other incident cause types monitored by the HSE, reducing each year. Warehousing in particular has seen a 13% reduction in incident volumes between 2017 and 2020. This is thanks to risk management controls becoming more sophisticated and warehousing operations becoming more automated.

To find out more, please download the Lockton HSeries Briefing – Health and Safety in the Transportation and Logistics Sector

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