Work & Wellbeing

Men are more likely to stray from workplace health and safety

3 min read

27 September 2017

Former special projects journalist

A new survey has reported that 61 per cent of men have not received any information on their company’s workplace health and safety policies – despite the fact that 54 per cent of men work in a hazardous role.

Nearly two-thirds of men are in danger in their jobs because of poor workplace health and safety procedures, according to data from WorkMobile.

A new survey has reported that 61 per cent of men have not received any information on their company’s workplace health and safety policies – despite the fact that 54 per cent of men work in a hazardous role, compared to only 19 per cent of women.
In addition, 25 per cent of men who have received safety guidance do not feel like the risks of the role were explained thoroughly enough, and 13 per cent said the health and safety information had not been updated since they had received it and could be out-of-date.

Male workers are also more likely than female workers to neglect their own wellbeing and stray from workplace health and safety procedures. Around 23 per cent of men admitted to failing to follow safety procedures, compared to four per cent of women.

Colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile, said: “From the research, we can see that men tend to work in more dangerous roles than women – which is probably to be expected.

“What we’d also expect to see is that these men are properly looked after while at work, with businesses putting measures in place to keep them away from harm. But this does not seem to be the case. It’s really shocking to see that some businesses are failing to put in place even the most basic health and safety procedures to protect their workers most at risk of injury.

Companies, Yates suggested, need to make sure the safety and wellbeing of staff is put first.

When staff are not trained on how to work safely, or are not given the correct information to operate compliantly, there is a greater risk of accidents happening – especially in these more hazardous industries, he added.

“With working practices constantly being improved, there is no excuse for not obeying the law and fulfilling their business obligations.”

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2015/16 there were 1.3m working people suffering from a work-related illness, and 30.4 working days were lost to work-related illness and workplace injury. The estimated cost of injuries and ill-health from working conditions was £14.1bn.

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