In 2011/12 over 4700 injuries were reported to HSE (83% of these were 'over-3-day absence' injuries and 17% 'major' injuries). Additionally there were several fatal injuries. These injuries accounted for a quarter of all manufacturing injuries. However injury rates (injuries per 100,000 workers) vary widely between the 30 or so different food and drink industries.
Since the joint HSE/food industry Recipe for Safety initiative commenced in 1990/91, the overall injury rate in food and drink manufacture has reduced by over 55% and each year continues to see fewer injuries reported.
Graphs and tables providing further detail:
HSE Health and Safety Statistics
More health and safety statistics, comparisons and analyses can be found on the main HSE Statistics website: