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Historical picture statistics in Great Britain, 2018 – trends in work-related ill health and workplace injury

In recent decades there have been large reductions in both fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries. The picture for ill health is mixed, with reductions in the rate of self-reported work-related illness and specifically musculoskeletal disorders, while the rate of self-reported work-related stress, anxiety or depression show signs of increasing in recent years having previously remained broadly flat. Annual mesothelioma deaths increased substantially over the last few decades due to past asbestos exposures but have remained broadly level over the last 5 years; projections suggest a reduction beyond year 2020.

Rate of self-reported work-related ill health

(LFS, Great Britain; estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing a downward trend ion prosecution cases brought by HSE and in Scotland COPFS

Rate of self-reported musculoskeletal disorders

(LFS, Great Britain; estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing a downward trend in the rate of self-reported musculoskeletal disorders

Rate of self-reported stress, depression or anxiety

(LFS, Great Britain; estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing the rate of self-reported stress and related conditions is broadly flat with some fluctuation

Number of deaths from mesothelioma

(HSE Mesothelioma Register, Great Britain)

Graph showing a levelling off in the number of deaths from mesothelioma in recent years

Number of fatal injuries to employees

(RIDDOR and earlier reporting legislation, Great Britain)

Graph showing a redu ction in the estimated number of fatal injuries to employees since 1974

Rate of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury

(LFS, Great Britain; estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing the rate of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury has been broadly flat in recent years

Rate of employer-reported non-fatal injury

(RIDDOR, Great Britain; rate per 100,000 employees)

Graph showing an estimated reduction of  58% in the rate of employer-reported non-fatal injury

Days lost per worker due to work-related incidents

(LFS, Great Britain; self-reported ill health and injury days lost)

Graph showing days lost per worker due to work-related incidents are down by about one-third since 2000

Notes

Further details on historical trends in work-related ill health and workplace injury is available.

The detailed data included in these charts can be found in the following tables:

Work-related illness

Workplace injuries

Working days lost

Updated 2018-10-25