Work-related fatal injuries in Great Britain

Important note

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

123 workers killed in work-related accidents in 2021/22 (RIDDOR)

Fatal injuries to workers by main industry, 2021/22

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

Main industry Number of fatal injuries
Construction 30
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 22
Manufacturing 22
Transport and storage 16
Admin and support services 12
Wholesale, retail, motor repair; Accommodation and food 11
Waste and recycling 1
Other 9

Fatal injuries to workers by age, 2021/22

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

Category 2021/22
Aged 60 plus 29
Aged 16-59 93
Age not known 1

Main kinds of fatal accident for workers, 2021/22

Number of fatal injury to workers separated by types of incident

Type of incident Number of fatal injuries
Falls from a height 29
Struck by moving vehicle 23
Struck by moving object 18
Contact with moving machinery 15
Trapped by something collapsing/ overturning 14

Trend statements

Over the long-term, there has been a downward trend in the rate of fatal injuries to workers, though in the recent years prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the rate had been broadly flat. In both 2020/21 and 2021/22 the rate remains broadly in line with pre-pandemic levels.

Rate of fatal injury per 100,000 workers

Year Rate (per 100,000 workers)
1981 2.1
1982 2.3
1983 2.3
1984 2.1
1985 2
1986/87 1.7
1987/88 1.9
1988/89 2.4
1989/90 1.9
1990/91 1.7
1991/92 1.5
1992/93 1.4
1993/94 1.3
1994/95 1.1
1995/96 1.1
1996/97 1.1
1997/98 1
1998/99 0.9
1999/00 0.8
2000/01 1.1
2001/02 0.9
2002/03 0.8
2003/04 0.8
2004/05 0.78
2005/06 0.75
2006/07 0.84
2007/08 0.79
2008/09 0.60
2009/10 0.50
2010/11 0.60
2011/12 0.58
2012/13 0.5
2013/14 0.45
2014/15 0.46
2015/16 0.47
2016/17 0.42
2017/18 0.44
2018/19 0.46
2019/20 0.34
2020/21 0.45
2021/22 0.38

80 members of the public were killed due to work-related accidents in 2021/22

Excludes deaths to 'patients and service users' in the healthcare and adult social care sectors in England.

Data source: RIDDOR: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. Figures for 2021/22 are published as provisional at this stage and will be finalised July 2023.

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Updated 2022-07-06