HSE releases Great Britain’s annual injury and ill health statistics

Too many workers in Britain’s workplaces are still being injured or made ill by their work a new report shows.

Annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18.

The annual statistics, compiled by HSE from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, cover work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, costs to Britain and enforcement action taken.

Despite Britain continuing to be one of the safest places to work, key figures for Great Britain show that in 2017/18 there were;

  • 144 fatal injuries at work
  • 4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • 493 cases were prosecuted and resulted in a conviction. Fines from convictions totalled £72.6 million

Workplace injury and new cases of ill health cost Britain £15.0 billion a year with 30.7 million working days lost.

There have been no significant changes in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their work, with construction and agriculture among the higher risk sectors.

These figures confirm the scale of the challenge HSE faces in making Britain a healthier and safer place to work and shows that there are still areas to improve on to prevent death, injury and ill health in the workplace.

The full annual injury and ill-health statistics report can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/