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Non-fatal injuries at work in Great Britain

Estimated non-fatal injuries to workers according to self-reports in 2017/18 (LFS)

Employee non-fatal injuries reported by employers in 2017/18 (RIDDOR)

Self-reported non-fatal injuries by length of absence from work

(LFS estimate, 2017/18)

Graph showing that injuries with up to 7 days absence is the largest category at 434,000

Non-fatal injuries to employees by most common accident kinds

(Non-fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR 2017/18, includes those accident kinds that account for 5% or more of the total)

Graph showing slip[s trips or falls on the same level are the most common type of non-fatal accident at 29%

Rate of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury

(LFS: Estimated rate per 100,000 workers)

Graph showing a downward trend in the rate of self-reported non-fatal injuries

Rate of employer-reported non-fatal injury

(RIDDOR: Rate per 100,000 employees)

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


The Labour Force Survey (LFS) provides the most complete estimate of non-fatal injuries to workers, providing an estimate of all injuries sustained (based on self-reports by workers). 

This data is supplemented with reports by employers of workplace injuries under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).  RIDDOR requires employers to report certain workplace non-fatal injuries, generally the more serious (those that result in more than 7 days absence from work or specified on a pre-defined list of injuries). It is known that employers substantially under-report these non-fatal injuries: current levels of employer reporting of RIDDOR defined non-fatal injuries to employees is estimated at around a half; and the reporting of injuries to the self-employed a much lower proportion.

LFS data has several advantages over RIDDOR including: data are available for all workplace injuries, irrespective of time off work; they are not subject to the substantial under-reporting that affects RIDDOR; and they are not affected by changes in legislation.  However, RIDDOR provides greater richness in terms of details about the injury sustained.

More information on non-fatal injuries at work

Supporting data tables

More details on injury data sources.

Updated 2018-10-25