Nov 7, 2013

Statistics show drop in major injuries

Provisional statistics published by HSE.


According to provisional statistics published by the HSE there has been a drop in major injuries between April 2012 and March 2013 by a reported 11%.

The high risk industries remain the most likely to cause major injuries however construction, agriculture, waste and recycling have also seen a reduction in reported major injuries.  

  •  19,707 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported (a rate of 78.5 injuries per 100,000 employees) – compared with 22,094 in 2011/12 (a rate of 88.5 per 100,000 employees)
  • 148 workers fatally injured – down from 171 the previous year. The average for the past five years was 181 worker deaths per year.
  • Workplace injuries and ill-health (excluding work related cancer) cost society an estimated £13. 8 billion in 2010/11 compared with £16.3 billion in 2006/07 (both in 2011 prices). 


Judith Hacket, Chair of HSE, notes the positives of the provisional statistics whilst warning that:

 “... we still see too many deaths and injuries occur in the work place many of which could have been prevented through simple safety measures.  Getting this right is the key to ensuring that everyone can make it home safely at the end of their working day.” 

 More can be found published on the HSE website here: