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European comparisons

Health and safety systems differ across Europe in recording, reporting and enforcement. The European statistical office (Eurostat) publishes data in as standardised a form as possible. Data available on Eurostat shows that UK performance is favourable compared to other EU countries, with relatively low rates of work-related fatalities, injuries and ill health.

The latest information shows:

*The overall GB rate of fatal injuries published by HSE for 2011/12 was 0.58 per 100 000 workers; the standardised rate published by Eurostat accounts for variation in industry composition across EU countries.

Standardised incidence rates (per 100 000 workers) of fatal injuries at work in GB/UK and the EU, 1998-2011 (Eurostat)

Standardised incidence rates (per 100 000 workers) of fatal injuries at work in Great Britain and the EU, 1998-2010 (Eurostat)

From 2008, the rate of fatal injuries was calculated using updated industry data so the series differs slightly from this point on.

Data for UK/GB: for the years 1998-2010 rates are based on GB data only, for 2011 rates are based on UK data (including Northern Ireland).

Updated 2014-10-07