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Accidents At Work

Injuries in the work place are more common than people think. An injury at work can lead to time off work, lost earnings, temporary and permanent physical and mental difficulties and even death.

We’ve compiled some statistics about injuries in the work place in the UK. You might be surprised!

Accidents at Work can cost up to £14.2 billion per year.

The most frequent causes of non-fatal injury are manual handling, slips and trips and falls from height.

Falls and slips & trips account for 35% of employee injuries.

High rates in manual occupations – sewerage and waste supply, agriculture, construction and transport.

The rates are higher for unexperienced workers and women.


Types of Injury

Some of the most common types of non-fatal injuries are:

  • Sprains & strains
  • Back injury
  • Head injury
  • Neck injury
  • Repetitive strain injury

Fatal Injury

  • On average, there have been 137 fatal injuries at work per year over the last 2 years.
  • Over half the fatal injuries in 2013/14 to workers
  • were of three kinds: falls from height; contact with moving machinery; and being struck by a vehicle.
  • Less than half as many workers were fatally injured in 2013/14 as 20 years ago.
  • In 2000, there were nearly 300 fatal injuries. That means fatal injuries per year have halved.
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing is the riskiest industry sector in terms of fatal injuries.
  • One in a hundred workers work in agriculture, but it accounts for one in five fatal injuries to workers.
  • There were 27 fatal injuries to workers in 2013/14 in this sector. The average over the previous five years was 33 - the worker fatality rate is higher than any other industry section.
  • Almost half (48%) of the workers who were fatally injured were farmers, while about one in seven were farm or forestry.
  • Waste and recycling is a high-risk industry. It accounts for only about 0.5% of the employees in Britain, but 2.6% of reported injuries to employees (2.2% fatalities).

Areas where injuries occur

  • The East Midlands and South West regions have rates which are statistically significantly higher than the Great Britain average rate for non-fatal injuries.
  • London has a rate which is statistically significantly lower than the average. So you might be better off working in London!
  • For fatal injuries, the highest rates in 2013/14 are in Scotland and Yorkshire and the Humber and the same areas have the highest rates averaged over a five year period.
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