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Countries and regions

Information on work-related injuries and ill health for Scotland, Wales and the English regions.

Headline statistics

A selection of Data Tables are available providing further information.

Data sources

The most reliable source for estimates of national and regional workplace injury and work-related ill health data is the annual Labour Force Survey 37,000 households per quarter across Great Britain which provides information about the labour market. HSE commissions a module of questions in the LFS to gain a view of workplace injury and work-related illness based on individuals’ perceptions.

Both the non-fatal injury and ill health estimates from the LFS are based on averages over a three year period (2016/17 to 2018/19). The ill health figures are prevalence rates meaning that they include long-standing as well as new cases.

For fatal injuries, data are collected from reports made by employers under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations).

Interpretation of regional differences

The underlying risk of an adverse health and safety outcome such as ill health or injury will differ from one worker to the next, but it is unlikely that differences are affected directly by the region in which they work. Instead, research indicates that an individual’s risk is driven by a complex combination of factors including their occupation, the length of time they have been doing their job and the industry in which they work. As a result, regional differences in injury and ill health rates are strongly affected by differences in employment profiles.

In particular, when comparing countries, it should be noted that both Scotland and Wales have proportionally fewer workers in low-risk occupations than England. The difference is largely driven by the occupational mix in London and South East where there is a much higher proportion of workers in low-risk occupations than across the rest of England and Great Britain as a whole. An analysis of the impact of London and the South East on the overall figures for England and for Great Britain (based on data from 2004/05 to 2012/13) is available.

Previous research has explored the effect of standardising regional injury rates for differences in occupation and industry. The research demonstrates a downward shift in injury rates for those regions and countries with more workers in higher risk industries or occupations after standardising for occupation or industry.

Updated 2019-10-16