a safety audit in your home

The Shocking Cost of Accidents in the Home

on August 27, 2012

According to a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in a 2010 report, it is estimated that each year 2.7 million people attend casualty departments after being injured in British homes costing over £45 billion to the economy.  Britain has a population of 62,262,000 so what does that mean for the worldwide population of 7 billion?

UK Population Figures 2010

RoSPA does not include the cost of accidental fatal injuries so even this figure is a conservative estimate of the true cost of home accidents.

Pain, suffering and grief apart, at a time when we are looking to save money for individuals and the economy, there is no better time to take another look at our home safety.

You don’t need to live your life in fear to make a difference.  All you need to do is take some time to think about the dangers to you and your family and make some small adjustments to make your home safer.  It is proven that being aware of dangers makes you a safer person.

Imagine if Britain could take the figures down by 1% per year? Just under half a MILLION saved in each year.  I wonder what the figure is for the rest of Europe, America or Africa.

The elements which go into calculating the estimated £45 MILLION cost are

  • Lost contribution to the economy (lost output)
  • The value of avoidance of injury (the amount the community would be prepared to pay to avoid the chance of an injury happening)
  • Cost of medical
  • Social Security
  • Other support services.

The RoSPA estimate did not include costs to the individual such as:

  • Doctor’s Fees
  • Cost of Medicine
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Loss of Business Revenue for the self-employed
  • Cost of long-term care

You can read the RoSPA report at

Please let me know if you know of any similar reports for your Country in the Comments.

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