We have come across research carried out by personal injury solicitors Hayward Baker, who carried out an in-depth study into the conditions of Britain’s offices, shops, factories, warehouses and building sites. The research discovered a staggering 69% of British workers claim their workplace to be a health hazard.
The study of over 1000 staff revealed 35% of working Brits have picked up an illness from their place of work – with 18% claiming to have been struck down with food poisoning or caught a stomach bug because of dirty conditions.
A further 39% have even suffered an injury at work – with 20% of Brits having been to hospital due to a work-related illness or injury.
Complaints to emerge from the study regarding the workplace include:
• Greasy and slippery floors (16%)
• Unhygienic work colleagues (13%)
• Unsanitary toilet facilities (11%)
• Cluttered floors (10%)
Dirty kitchens also pose a problem for 10 per cent of the nation’s workforce – as do ripped carpets (9%), broken chairs (8%) and unsafe wiring (6%).
Almost half (46%) of those polled have complained to their bosses about the state of their place of work, with a further 21% saying their manager did nothing to rectify the situation.
The bottom line – Going to work could seriously damage your health if businesses don’t take working conditions seriously enough.