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Trends in work-related injuries and ill health since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974

British industry has changed substantially since the introduction of the HSWA in 1974 and data shows there have been large reductions in work-related injury and ill health

Between 1974 and 2013:

Earliest and latest data on injuries and ill health since 1974

Summary description Year
Earliest Latest
Workplace injury (latest data adjusted to align with 1974 reporting requirements) 1974 2012/13
Fatal injuries to employees 651 95
Rate of fatal injury per 100 000 employees 2.9 0.4
Reported non-fatal injuries to employees (2001/12 figure) 336 701 77 310
Occupational diseases 1974 2011
Deaths from pneumoconiosis as underlying cause (non-asbestosis) 453 152
Deaths from asbestosis without mention of mesothelioma (Asbestosis register) 74 429
Deaths from mesothelioma (Mesothelioma register) 243 2 291
Rate of self-reported work-related illness (latest data adjusted to align with 1990 survey definitions where possible) 1990 2011/12
Overall rate per 100 000 employed 5 940 3 665
Rate of Musculoskeletal disorders per 100 000 employed 2 750 1 500
Rate of stress and related conditions per 100 000 employed 820 1 520
Updated 2013-11-04