Health and Safety statistics- unpacked

Posted: 18 July 2022

Non-fatal Work-Related Injuries

In Great Britain, statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive show that in 2020/21 there were 1.7 million workers who suffered from a work-related illness. This includes:

  • 822,000 workers that suffered from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety
  • 470,000 workers that suffered from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder
  • 93,000 workers that suffered from COVID-19 which they believe may have been from exposure to coronavirus at work
  • 441,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 51,211 injuries to employees reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)


The most common accident kinds in 2020/21 were identified as slips, trips, or falls on the same level (33%), handling, lifting or carrying (18%), being struck by a moving object (10%), acts of violence (8%), and falls from height (8%).


Fatal Work-Related Injuries

123 workers were killed in work-related accidents in Great Britain between April 2021 to March 2022, according to the figures recently published by the Health and Safety Executive[1].

It was identified that the industries with the highest death rate were construction (30), agriculture, forestry, and fishing (22) and manufacturing (22).

The most common causes of fatal injuries are falling from height (29), being struck by a moving vehicle (23) and being struck by a moving object (18).


How can we help?

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[1] Not including deaths arising from occupational diseases or diseases arising from certain occupational exposures (including Covid-19)

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