Jersey lost 18,000 working days to illness in 2010

About 18,000 working days were lost through accident or illness in Jersey in 2010 according to the health and safety inspectorate.

A report said people in the building trade were the most likely to have an accident or suffer ill health at work.

In 2010 £468,000 was paid out in social security benefits for accidents or ill health at work but there were 16 fewer claims than in 2009.

The major causes of accidents were strenuous movement and falls.

A third of all claims were from building workers, with those in the farming and hospitality industries each accounting for 5% of illness or accidents at work.

The Jersey health and safety inspectorate's annual report found more than 40% of ill health was stress related.

Colin Myers, Jersey's director of Health and Safety, said it had a knock on effect on the island's business community.

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