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:
- 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 the UK (up to 2010 fatal injury data provided for the UK covered Great Britain only) (Eurostat, ESAW, 2010).
- GB has one of the lowest rates of fatal injury for 2010 (0.71 per 100 000 workers) and compares favourably with other large economies such as France (2.49 per 100 000 workers), Germany (0.81 per 100 000 workers), Italy (1.57 per 100 000 workers) and Spain (1.76 per 100 000 workers) (Eurostat, ESAW, 2010).
- In 2007, 1.8% of UK workers reported an accident occurring at work that resulted in sick leave. This is lower than Germany (1.9%), Portugal (2.6%), Denmark (3.4%), Austria (4%) and the overall EU-27 rate (2.2%) (Eurostat, EU LFS, 2007).
- In 2007, 2.9% of UK workers reported a work-related illness resulting in sick leave. This is lower than Germany (3.9%), Spain (4.2%), Poland (11.8%) and the overall EU-27 rate (5.5%) (Eurostat, EU LFS, 2007).
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)
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.