Work-related fatal injuries in Great Britain

135 workers killed in work-related accidents in 2022/23 (RIDDOR)

Fatal injuries to workers by main industry, 2022/23

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Main industry Number of fatal injuries
Construction 45
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 21
Manufacturing 15
Wholesale, retail, motor repair; Accommodation and food 15
Transport and storage 15
Admin and support services 6
Waste and recycling 6
Other 12

Fatal injuries to workers by age, 2022/23

A pie chart showing amount of fatal injuries to workers divided by age

Category 2021/22
Aged 16-59 99
Aged 60 plus 33
Age not known 3

Main kinds of fatal accident for workers, 2022/23

Number of fatal injury to workers separated by types of incident

Type of incident Number of fatal injuries
Falls from a height 40
Struck by moving object 29
Struck by moving vehicle 20
Trapped by something collapsing/ overturning 12
Contact with moving machinery 9

Change over time

  • When considering change over time it is preferable to consider the rate of injury (per 100,000 workers) as this accounts for changes in the numbers in employment between years.
  • Over the long-term, the rate of fatal injury to workers showed a downward trend, though in the recent years prior to the coronavirus pandemic the rate had been broadly flat. The current rate is similar to pre-coronavirus levels.
  • A chart showing how the fatal injury rate has changed over time can be found in the report on work-related fatal injuries in Great Britain.

68 members of the public were killed in work-related accidents in 2022/23

(Excludes deaths due to work-related accidents to ‘patients and service users’ in the healthcare and adult social care sectors in England reportable under RIDDOR).

Data source: RIDDOR: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. Figures for 2022/23 are published as provisional at this stage and will be finalised July 2024.

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Updated 2023-07-06