Kinds of accident
The "kind" is a broad description of how the accident happened. Particular kinds tend to be associated with different levels of injury severity, with limited year-to-year change in the proportions of each kind.
- Over half the fatal injuries to workers were of three kinds: falls from height; contact with moving machinery; and being struck by a vehicle (RIDDOR);
- Electricity, fire and drowning/asphyxiation accidents accounted for around one in twelve fatalities to workers but fewer than one in a hundred non-fatal injuries to employees (RIDDOR);
- Falls and slips & trips combined made up more than half of all reported major injuries and almost a third of over seven day injuries to employees (RIDDOR);
- Slip and trip injuries were the most commonly reported, accounting for three in every ten injury reports. Handling was the most frequent cause of over seven day injury (RIDDOR);
- An estimated three million working days were lost due to handling injuries and slips & trips (LFS).
Estimated working days lost by kind of self-reported non-fatal injury, 2012/13 (LFS)
2012/13p statistics for injury kinds are available in the table RIDKIND1 Reported injuries to employees in Great Britain by kind of accident, severity of injury and main industry (RIDDOR)
More detailed statistics for the top kinds of reportable injuries to employees are available at: