Health and Safety Statistics

Published Monday, January 11, 2016

Statistics on Health and Safety in the United Kingdom. Information on fatalities, accidents and illnesses by occupation, industry, region and country. Also includes international comparisons.

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes statistics on health and safety in Great Britain.


In 2014/15 there were:


  • 142 deaths at work
  • 76,000 other employee injuries
  • 1.2 million cases of work-related illness
  • 27.3 million working days lost as a result of work-related ill health or injury


The major factors of difference in health and safety risk are a person’s occupation, the industry in which they work, and whether they are self-employed.

Professional occupations have a higher rate for ill health but lower injury rate.

Elementary occupations have a higher injury rate.

Sectors with higher rates of fatal injury are construction, agriculture, waste disposal and recycling and offshore fishing.

Sectors with higher ill health rates are utility supply, health and social work, public administration, defence, and education.

The self-employed are more than twice as likely as employees to suffer fatal injury.

Energy supply and fishing are the two major offshore industries, and both have dedicated health and safety statistics.

In 2013/14, injuries and new cases of ill health in workers resulting from current working conditions cost the economy an estimated £14.3 billion.

The UK has fewer fatal accidents at work than many other European countries.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7458

Author: Gloria Tyler

Topics: Diseases, Employment

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