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Historical picture - trends in work-related ill health and workplace injury in Great Britain

Available data shows that in recent decades there have been large reductions in both fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries.  The picture for ill health is mixed, with reductions in the rate of self-reported work-related illness and specifically musculoskeletal disorders, while the rate of self-reported work-related stress and related conditions has remained broadly flat over the last twenty years.  Mesothelioma deaths have continued to rise as a result of historical asbestos exposures. 

Rate of self-reported work-related ill health

(LFS, England & Wales estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing a downward trend ion prosecution cases brought by HSE and in Scotland COPFS

Rate of self-reported musculoskeletal disorders

(LFS, England & Wales estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing a downward trend in the rate of self-reported musculoskeletal disorders

Rate of self-reported stress and related conditions

(LFS, England & Wales; estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing the rate of self-reported stress and related conditions is broadly flat with some fluctuation

Number of deaths from mesothelioma

(HSE Mesothelioma Register, Great Britain)

Graph showing a levelling off in the number of deaths from mesothelioma in recent years

Number of fatal injuries to employees

(RIDDOR and earlier reporting legislation, Great Britain)

Graph showing a redu ction in the estimated number of fatal injuries to employees since 1974

Rate of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury

(LFS, Great Britain; estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing the rate of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury has been broadly flat in recent years

Rate of employer-reported non-fatal injury

(RIDDOR, Great Britain; rate per 100,000 employees)

Graph showing an estimated reduction of  58% in the rate of employer-reported non-fatal injury

Days lost per worker due to work-related incidents

(LFS, Great Britain; self-reported ill health and injury days lost)

Graph showing days lost per worker due to work-related incidents are down by about one-third since 2000

Notes

Further details on historical trends in work-related ill health and workplace injury is available.

The detailed data included in these charts can be found in the following tables:

Updated 2017-10-13