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European comparisons

Health and safety systems differ across Europe in recording, reporting and enforcement. The European statistical office (Eurostat) publishes data in as standardised a form as possible. Data available on Eurostat shows that UK performance is favourable compared to other EU countries, with relatively low rates of work-related fatalities, injuries and ill health.

The latest information shows:

* The overall GB rate of fatal injuries published by HSE for 2013/14 was 0.4 per 100,000 employees; the standardised rate published by Eurostat accounts for variation in industry composition across EU countries.

Figure 1 - Standardised incidence rates (per 100,000 employees) of fatal injuries at work in GB/UK and the EU, 1999-2013 (Eurostat, ESAW, 2013)

Standardised incidence rates (per 100 000 workers) of fatal injuries at work in Great Britain and the EU, 1998-2010 (Eurostat)


Updated 2016-11-02