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Madonna’s fall – another workplace health and safety statistic?

Category: Health & Safety | Bryan Richards Twitter | Published on: Feb 26, 2015 | Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Read more: Health & Safety

madonna fallMadonna’s spectacular fall at the Brit Awards attracted the full attention of the media. Questions were raised as to whether it was staged, but looking at the footage, it seemed a genuine incident to me, even though the following lyrics seemed to tie in seamlessly with the fall.

Fortunately, there appears to have been no harm done to the singer, but this could have been more serious.

This was not only a workplace incident, but an incident involving a woman. This fact happens to highlight the some of the statistical information contained within Arinite’s infographic.

The infographic shows that between 2009 and 2014 the annual workplace accident rates (accidents per 100,000 employees) for women are generally lower than for men. For major injuries and over 3-days off work injuries, the margin of difference is fairly consistent at about 1.8 times more accidents to men than women. For fatalities, the margin of difference ranges from 70 in 2010 down to 23 times more in 2013.

Are women safer at work?

There are currently about 31.5 million people at work (Independent Feb 2013), comprising 17 million men and 14 million women. Although this is a fairly even split, workplace fatalities occur in the higher risk industries such as construction, manufacturing and energy and water utilities. In these higher risk and physically demanding occupations the working population will be predominately male and this probably account for the significantly higher fatality rate.

So the difference in accident rates may be explained by the types of employment undertaken by men and women. However, further research would be required to identify whether there were any gender related factors that influenced accident rates.

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Arinite Research

Arinite health and safety consultants are continuing to carry out pioneering research to make health and safety information interesting. We are currently looking at:

  • Injury and ill health rates per industry sector.
  • Incident rates including business damage due to fire and other physical damage.
  • The actual and hidden cost of accidents.
  • Lost working days due to injuries at work.
  • The number of prosecutions.
  • Total annual H&S fines and levels of H&S prosecution fines for different sectors.
  • Company H&S awards and rates of awards for different sectors.
  • The number of routine inspections carried out by HSE/LA. Rates per industry sector.
  • Fee for intervention, annual total and rates per industry sector.

We are supporting the above with inter-related data such as:

  • Total UK working population, total number of DSE users, total number of professionals, total number of industrial workers etc.
  • Total number of UK companies and broken down into number of people employed.
  • Profitability.
  • Morale.

How Arinite can help

If you are interested in our research and would like to know how you can benchmark your health and safety performance, contact Arinite.

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If you need to call upon our expert assistance, or just for an informal chat, please call me on: mobile 0780 361 2948, office 0207 947 9581, or drop me a line at

Bryan Richards 26th February 2015

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