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Non-fatal injuries at work in Great Britain

self-reported non-fatal injuries to workers in 2016/17

employee non-fatal injuries reported by employers in 2016/17 (RIDDOR)

Self-reported non-fatal injuries by length of absence from work

(LFS estimate, 2016/17)

Graph showing that injuries with up to 7 days absence is the largest category at 434,000

Self-reported non-fatal injuries by gender

(LFS annual average estimate 2014/15-2016/17)

Graph showing males have the higher rate of non-fatal injuries at 62%

Non-fatal injuries to employees by most common accident kinds

(Non-fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR 2016/17)

Graph showing slip[s trips or falls on the same level are the most common type of non-fatal accident at 29%

Rate of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury

(LFS: Estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing a downward trend in the rate of self-reported non-fatal injuries

Rate of employer-reported non-fatal injury

(RIDDOR: Rate per 100,000 employees)

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

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) provides the most complete estimates of non-fatal injuries to workers. This data is supplemented with reports by employers of certain workplace injuries under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). LFS data has several advantages over RIDDOR including: they are not subject to the substantial under-reporting that affects RIDDOR; they are not affected by changes in legislation; and data is available for all workplace injuries, irrespective of time off work. However, RIDDOR provides greater richness in terms of details about the injury sustained.

Non-fatal injuries reportable under RIDDOR include those injuries resulting in over-7-days absence from work or injuries included on a defined list of ‘specified’ injuries. It is known that non-fatal injuries to employees are substantially under-reported by employers, with current levels of reporting estimated at around a half; and the reporting of injuries to the self-employed a much lower proportion.

(Note: The most common accident kinds included in the charts above are those that account for 3% or more of injuries)

Further information

Supporting data tables

Details on injury data sources is also available.

Updated 2017-11-01