Health and safety systems differ across Europe. The European statistical office (Eurostat) publishes data in as standardised a form as possible. Their data shows that GB performance is favourable, compared with other EU countries, with relatively low rates of fatalities, accidents and ill health.
- Rates of fatal injury across the EU-15 and GB show a downward trend over the period 1998 - 2010. The EU-15 comprises Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK (up to 2010, fatal injury data provided for the UK covered Great Britain only). (Eurostat, ESAW, 2010)
- GB had one of the lowest rates of those published by Eurostat for 2010 (0.71 per 100 000 workers), and compares favourably with other large economies such as France (2.49 per 100 000), Germany (0.81 per 100 000), Italy (1.57 per 100 000) and Spain (1.76 per 100 000). (Eurostat, ESAW, 2010)
- Latest available estimates show that 2% of UK workers in 2007 reported an accident resulting in sick leave. This is lower than Germany (2.4%), France (3.6%), Spain (3.2%), Italy (2.3%) and the overall EU rate (2.3%). (Eurostat, EU LFS, 2007)
- Latest available estimates show that 3.2% of UK workers in 2007 reported a work related illness resulting in sick leave, lower than Germany (4.6%), Italy (3.3%), Spain (4.2%) and the overall EU rate (5.3%). (Eurostat, EU LFS, 2007)
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.