When it comes to matters of health and safety, organizations have the legal and moral duty to safeguard their employees from undue hazards. It is therefore important for people managers to be aware of such hazards and our responsibilities in respect of them. Duncan, Heighway and Chadder, commenting on the UK context, highlight the significance of health and safety:
Every working day, there is on average one death and 361 reported non-fatal injuries to workers. Every year, three-quarters of a million people take time off work due to
illnesses, and as a result, about 30 million work days are lost.
(2010, p. 1, emphasis added)