A recent survey conducted by JMW Solicitors has brought to light the widespread concerns of employees regarding workplace safety.

The study, which involved 1,400 participants, found that a staggering 70 percent of workers feel apprehensive about their safety while on the job. Furthermore, nearly all of these individuals (100%) believe that their employers should implement additional safety measures.

The survey encompassed various industries, including agriculture and forestry, mining and quarrying, and manufacturing. More than a third of the respondents worked in these sectors, highlighting the specific safety challenges they face. Concerns raised by employees in these fields revolved around the operation of heavy and hazardous machinery, working at heights, and exposure to the elements.

The findings also revealed that 69 percent of respondents feel their employers should do more to enhance workplace safety. There is a clear demand for companies to address these legitimate concerns and take proactive steps to bolster their safety protocols. It is crucial for employers to recognise that safety plays a pivotal role in overall job satisfaction, employee retention, and productivity.

Safer jobs are desired!

The survey indicated that 71 percent of individuals expressed a preference for working in a safer job. To remain competitive in the job market and protect their workforce, organisations must foster a culture of safety. This involves adopting best practices in risk management, staying up to date with industry-specific safety guidelines, and regularly conducting workplace safety audits.

Sam McElroy, a partner at JMW Solicitors, emphasized the significance of these alarming statistics and the urgent need to address workplace safety concerns. He stressed that millions of workers are increasingly anxious about their well-being while on the job. With such a significant percentage of employees calling for increased safety measures, employers should take immediate action to prioritize the safety and well-being of their workforce.

McElroy further urged workers to voice their concerns to their employers, encouraging industry leaders and safety experts to collaborate on developing comprehensive safety solutions. By investing in safety training, equipment, and enforcement, employers can create a healthier and more secure work environment that benefits everyone.

The survey results have sparked a vital conversation surrounding workplace safety, as the majority of employees demand change. It is now imperative for companies and organisations to step up and address these pressing concerns, working towards a safer and healthier future for all workers.





Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview, and host of the HR in Review podcast series. With a Master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, and wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.