Workplace injury - all industries
There are two main sources of non-fatal injury statistics: estimates from self-reports obtained through the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS); and incidents reported by employers under RIDDOR. When analysing trends, statistics from the LFS have several advantages over RIDDOR: they are not subject to substantial under reporting; they are not affected by changes in legislation; and data is available for all workplace injuries, irrespective of time off work.
Data from both sources shows:
- In 2014/15 (provisional) around half as many workers were fatally injured compared to 20 years ago. For the latest year 142 workers died, with a fatal injury rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers (RIDDOR).
- Rates of self-reported non-fatal injury at work have generally followed a downward trend over the last ten years or so (LFS). In recent years, however, they show signs of levelling off. In 2014/15 an estimated 611,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work. Of these injuries:
- 198,000 led to over 3 days absence from work; of which
- 152,000 led to over 7 days absence.
- There were 76,054 non-fatal injuries to employees reported in 2014/15 (provisional). In the previous year this was 78,671, although as the reporting requirements changed in October 2013 – mid way through the year – numbers for the latest year are not directly comparable with earlier years. (RIDDOR).
- In total, an estimated 4.1 million working days were lost due to workplace injuries, on average 6.7 days per case (see days lost for more detail) (LFS).
- There are emerging signs that the downward trend for RIDDOR-reported non-fatal injuries may also be slowing-down, although analysis is complicated by the recent changes in the reporting requirements. 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.
- Under the old RIDDOR reporting requirement (‘major’ and over-3-day), 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 requirement (‘specified’ and over-7-day), early indications suggest reporting levels of non-fatal injuries to employees have fallen below half.
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)
Note: 2003/04-2013/14 estimates have been revised (October 2015), as LFS data sets have been reweighted to reflect population estimates based on the 2011 Census.
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