Workplace injury - all industries
Numbers and rates of injury at work have reduced substantially over the last ten years or so. In recent years, however, self-reported injuries show signs of levelling off.
- Less than half as many workers were fatally injured in 2013/14 (provisional) as 20 years ago. That still means 133 workers lost their lives. The rate of fatal injury was 0.44 deaths per 100 000 workers. (RIDDOR)
- An estimated 629 000 workers had an accident at work in 2013/14. Of these injuries:
- 203 000 led to over 3 days absence from work; of which
- 148 000 led to over 7 days absence (LFS).
- Rates of self-reported non-fatal injury at work have generally followed a downward trend over the last ten years or so. In recent years, however, they show signs of levelling off.
- 77 593 non-fatal injuries to employees were reported in 2013/14 (provisional). In the previous year 80 368 were reported. The reporting requirements changed in October 2013 – mid way through the year – so these numbers aren't directly comparable. (RIDDOR)
- There are emerging signs that the downward trend for reported, non-fatal injuries may be slowing-down. Analysis is complicated by recent changes in the reporting requirements.
- Under the old RIDDOR reporting requirements self-reported results suggested that just over half of all non-fatal injuries to employees were actually reported. The self-employed reported a much smaller proportion.
- Under the new RIDDOR reporting requirements (2012/13 and 2013/14), early indications suggest reporting levels of non-fatal injuries to employees have fallen below half.
- See Effect on RIDDOR statistics following recent legal and system changes for information about the recent changes in the reporting requirements and their impact on the statistics.
Self-reported non-fatal injury amongst people who have worked in the last 12 months, by absence duration
Note: 95% confidence interval on average +/- 6% on the total
Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS)
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