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European comparisons

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

The latest information shows:

Standardised incidence rates (per 100 000 workers) of fatal injuries at work in GB and the EU, 1998-2007, and GB 2008-2009 estimated incidence rate (Eurostat)

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

Note: From 2008, the rate of fatal injuries was calculated using updated industry data, so the series differs slightly from this point on. EU-15 data is available from 2009.

Updated 2014-02-12