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Health and Safety Statistics

Published Thursday, October 10, 2019

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 2017/18 there were:


  • 144 fatal injuries
  • 71,000 non-fatal injuries
  • 4 million cases of work-related illness
  • Stress, depression and anxiety is the most common type of work-related illness, accounting for 44% of work-related ill health and 57% of working days lost in 2017/18, with women particularly highly affected by this ill health type
  • 7 million working days lost as a result of work-related ill health or injury


Fatal Injuries

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

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.

In 2016/17, injuries and new cases of ill health in workers resulting from current working conditions cost the economy an estimated £15 billion.

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

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7458

Author: Gloria Tyler

Topics: Diseases, Employment

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