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Number of Workplace Injuries

The statistics on this page are provided by the UK Health and Safety Commission and cover the period 2005/06

212 of workers were killed in the workplace. This works out as 0.7 per 100,000 workers. Over 40% of these deaths occurred in just two sectors: the construction industry (59) and the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries (33).

There has been a steady drop in annual fatalities in the workplace since the early 1980’s.

28,605 major injuries to employees in the workplace. This is 110.1 per 100,000 workers. Tripping and/or slipping caused over one third of this number of major injuries.

117,471 injuries contributed to workers having to take over 3 days of time off work due to ill health. This is 452.2 per 100,000 workers. Approximately two fifths of all of these injuries were caused due to handling, carrying or lifting.

146,076 injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR. This is 562.4 per 100,000 workers.

328,000 were reportable injuries according to the Labour Force Survey. This is 1200 per 100,000 workers (2004/05 figures).

The number of reported injuries to workers on an annual level has remained at a fairly constant level over the last 10 years.

The estimated number of self reported workplace injuries or illnesses per 100,000 workers in a given sector in 2005/06

Health/social work 4100
Construction 3800
Extraction/utilities 3600
Agriculture 3600
Public admin 3600
Transport 3600
Other services 3300
Manufacturing 2900
Education 2800
Wholesale/hotels/retail 2500
Business/finance 2400
All sectors 3100