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Fatal injuries in Great Britain

111 Workers killed in 2019/20 (RIDDOR)

Fatal injuries to workers by main industry

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

Category 2019/20
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 20
Construction 40
Manufacturing 15
Transport and storage 11
Wholesale, retail, motor, repair; Accommodation and food 6
Admin & support services 6
Waste 5
Other 8

Fatal injuries to workers by age

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

Category 2018/19
Aged 60 plus 30
Aged 16-59 80
Age not known 1

Main kinds of fatal accident for workers

Number of fatal injury to workers separated by types of incident

Type of incident Number of injuries
Falls from a height 29
Struck by moving vehicle 20
Struck by moving object 18
Trapped by something collapsing/ overturning 15
Contact with moving machinery 11

Rate of fatal injury per 100,000 workers

Year Rate of fatal injury (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 0.8
2005/06 0.7
2006/07 0.8
2007/08 0.8
2008/09 0.6
2009/10 0.5
2010/11 0.6
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

Note

The rate of fatal injury showed a generally downward trend but has been broadly flat in recent years

92 Members of the public were killed due to work related activities in 2019/20

(excluding those that died in Local Authority enforced workplaces – typically around 12-16 deaths per year)

Data source: RIDDOR: Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. Figures for 2019/20 are published as provisional at this stage and will be finalised July 2021.

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Updated 2020-11-03