Workplace injury - all industries
Rates of injury at work have reduced substantially in recent years. There have been falls in both self-reported injury and injuries reported by employers.
- An estimated 646 000 workers had an accident at work in 2012/13 - 231 000 of these injuries led to over 3 days absence from work and 175 000 to over 7 days (LFS).
- Self-reported non-fatal injuries have fallen by around one third over the past decade (LFS).
- 148 workers were fatally injured in 2012/13 (provisional) - a rate of fatal injury of 0.5 deaths per 100 000 workers. This is less than half the number killed 20 years ago (RIDDOR).
- 19 707 major injuries to employees were reported - about 11% less than in 2011/12. (RIDDOR)
- Although modelling suggests that the change to over-7-day reporting did not affect major injury reporting, recent icy winters and the change to on-line reporting in 2011 may have influenced the trend.
- 58 515 over-7-day injuries were reported - information on the impact of the change to over seven-day reporting.
- Under the over-3-day RIDDOR reporting requirement, self-reported results suggested that just over half of all non-fatal injuries (including major injuries) were actually reported, with the self-employed reporting a much smaller proportion.
- For the latest year 2012/13 early indications suggest that the reporting level of non-fatal injuries to employees recorded under the new RIDDOR requirements (majors and over-7-days' incapacitation) has now fallen below half. Further work is ongoing to quantify and understand the impact of this change.
Self-reported non-fatal injury amongst people who have worked in the last 12 months, by absence duration (LFS)
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