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 although reporting requirements have had an impact.
- 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);
- falls and slips & trips, combined, account for over a third (35%) of employee injuries. They made up more than half of all reported major/specified injuries and almost three in ten (29%) over-seven-day injuries to employees (RIDDOR);
- handling was the most frequent cause of over-seven-day injury (RIDDOR);
- an estimated 1.9 million working days were lost due to handling injuries and slips & trips (LFS).
More detail on injury kinds.
More details on 2013/14p statistics for injury kinds (RIDDOR).
More detailed statistics for the top kinds of reportable injuries to employees are available at: