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Statistical count of in-year workplace deaths where  HSE is the relevant enforcing authority

These statistics cover workplace fatal injuries that are reportable under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) where HSE is the relevant enforcing authority and are updated on a quarterly basis. (They do not include incidents where Local authorities or Office of Rail and Road are the relevant enforcing authority.  However, these cases are included in the published annual count.). These statistics will not fully align with the listing of in-year work-related deaths reported to HSE  as they have been subject to further validation to confirm  whether the incident is reportable under RIDDOR based on current investigation findings.  However a consequence of providing detail that is as up-to-date as possible is that many of the cases listed are still under investigation and the decision on reportability may not have been reached. Therefore, these statistics are released on a provisional basis and may be subject to revision as more accurate information becomes available.

Some deaths are excluded from these statistics as they are reportable under other legislation. The main exclusions are as follows:

  1. Fatal accidents involving workers travelling on a public highway (a 'road traffic accident'). Such incidents are enforced by the police and reported to the Department for Transport. Those killed whilst commuting (travelling from home to work, and vice versa) are also excluded.
  2. Fatal accidents involving workers travelling by air or sea. These incidents are the responsibility of the Air Accident Investigation Branch and Marine Accident Investigation Branch, and reported accordingly.
  3. Fatal injuries at work due to 'natural causes', usually heart attacks or strokes, unless brought on by trauma due to the accident.
  4. Accidents to members of the armed forces on duty at the time of the incident.
  5. As from April 2015, these figures no longer include ‘patient and service user’ deaths in England for premises registered with Care Quality Commission (CQC). Previously these statistics were recorded as ‘member of the public’ deaths in ‘services’. For more information on this change, please see Memorandum of Understanding between the Care Quality Commission, the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities in England

These statistics also excludes deaths where Local Authorities or the Office of Rail and Road are the relevant enforcing authority. (Typically, HSE is the relevant enforcing authority in over 90% of fatal injuries to workers, while for members of the public the percentage is lower at around 40%).

The latest quarterly fatal injury figures are available to download.

Updated 2018-09-27