In 2011/12 over 4700 injuries injuries were reported to HSE (83% of these were 'over-3-day absence' injuries and 17% 'major' injuries). These injuries accounted for a quarter of all manufacturing injuries. Around 90% of these injuries occur in food manufacture, the remainder in the drinks sector.
The graph below represents an analysis of a typical year’s injuries. Manual handling and slips/trips injuries combine to cause over 50% of all food and drink manufacture injuries. Although other categories such as falls from height and hit by moving vehicle have smaller percentages, injuries from such causes are often more severe.
Analysis of major and over-3-day absence injuries