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Important Note

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the government’s response has impacted recent trends in health and safety statistics published by HSE. More details can be found in our report on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health and safety statistics.

In 2020/21 an estimated 1.7 million workers were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their work and 441,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work. [Source: Self-reports from the Labour Force Survey]. However, the risk of injury and work-related ill health varies across industry, being more likely in some industries than others.

The charts below show how the overall rates of self-reported work-related ill health and workplace injury vary between industry groups.

Self-reported work-related ill health

The rates of self-reported work-related ill health in the following main industry sectors were statistically significantly higher than the average rate across all industries:

  • human health and social work activities
  • public administration and defence
  • education

Rate of work-related Ill health by industry for people working in the last 12 months (per 100,000 workers) [Note 1], [Note 3]

Industry Rate of work-related ill health Lower CI Upper CI
Human health/social work 5650 5220 6090
Public administration/defence 5230 4610 5860
Education 4290 3860 4720
Electricity, gas, other utilities 4160 2610 5710
Administrative/support services 3680 3010 4350
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 3650 2380 4910
Other service activities 3400 2260 4530
Construction 3360 2880 3850
Finance/insurance 3270 2620 3920
Water supply/sewerage/waste # 3180 1800 4560
Wholesale/retail trade 3180 2810 3540
Arts/entertainment/recreation 3080 2290 3870
Manufacturing 2970 2570 3360
Professional/scientific/technical 2910 2490 3330
Transportation/storage 2740 2220 3250
Accommodation/food services 2620 2080 3160
Information/communication 2560 2030 3080
Real estate activities # 2550 1360 3750
All industries [See note 2] 3680 3540 3820

Data in this chart is available at LFSILLIND – Labour Force Survey, ill health by industry

Self-reported workplace injury

The rates of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury in the following main industry sectors were statistically significantly higher than the average rate across all industries:

  • agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • construction
  • accommodation and food services
  • wholesale/retail trade (including motor vehicle repair)

Rate of non-fatal workplace injuries by industry for people working in the last 12 months (per 100,000 workers) [Note 1], [Note 3]

Industry Rate of non-fatal workplace injuries Lower CI Upper CI
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 3970 2550 5380
Construction 2870 2410 3340
Accommodation/food services 2460 1870 3050
Wholesale/retail trade 2100 1790 2420
Manufacturing 2020 1690 2350
Human health/social work 1940 1670 2200
Transportation/storage 1770 1340 2190
Public administration/defence 1740 1370 2100
Education 1560 1300 1820
Administrative/support services 1520 1100 1950
Arts/entertainment/recreation 1400 890 1920
Other service activities # 990 590 1390
Professional/scientific/technical 560 380 740
All industries [Note 2] 1680 1580 1770

Data in this chart is available at LFSINJIND – Labour Force Survey, non-fatal injury by industry

Chart Notes

  • Note 1: Industry groupings based on the section level of the 2007 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). Charts display only those industries for which a reliable estimate is available.
  • Note 2: Restricted to injuries/ill health in current or most recent job
  • Note 3: These estimates are based on results from a survey and are subject to sampling error – i.e. a range of uncertainty in the estimate arising from the sampling process. The assessment of whether the rate for an individual industry is statistically significantly above or below average takes into account the sampling uncertainty around each estimate.

More detailed statistics on selected industry groups

Further information can be found in the suite of health and safety statistics tables.

Updated 2021-05-10