2017 saw a number of high profile health and safety incidents in care homes that included serious injuries and fatalities. This article looks at two of the prosecutions in 2017 and the learning points that can be taken from these very tragic events.
The independent review into workplace mental health, commissioned by the Prime Minister in January, has recently published its report and has found that the UK faces a "significant mental health challenge at work". The report makes for stark reading and estimates that the economic bill for poor workplace mental health to employers costs somewhere in the region of £33-42bn. While work-related stress and mental illness appears to be a principal concern to employers and employees, with 0.5 million workers suffering from work-related stress, anxiety and depression, the report is calling for employers to make significant adjustments and improvements to ensure they provide adequate support for employees dealing with mental health problems.