Countries and regions
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the government’s response has impacted recent trends in health and safety statistics published by HSE. More details can be found in our report on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health and safety statistics.
Information on work-related injuries and ill health for Scotland, Wales and the English regions.
- Fatal injuries – The highest fatal injury rates per 100,000 workers in 2020/21 were in South West (0.80) and Yorkshire and the Humber (0.68). Scotland and Wales both had rates of 0.64 cases per 100,000 workers, which is higher than the rate of 0.41 across England (RIDDOR).
- Non-fatal injuries – South West (2,260 cases per 100,000 workers), and Yorkshire and the Humber (2,220 cases per 100,000 workers) both had non-fatal injury rates which were statistically significantly higher than the Great Britain rate of 1,800 cases per 100,000 workers over the period 2018/19 to 2020/21. Over the same period, London (1,240 cases per 100,000 workers) was the only region with a rate which was statistically significantly lower than the Great Britain rate (LFS).
- Ill health – South West (5,630 cases per 100,000 workers) and Yorkshire and the Humber (5,350 cases per 100,000 workers) had ill health prevalence rates which were statistically significantly higher than the Great Britain rate of 4,630 cases per 100,000 workers over the period 2018/19 to 2020/21. Over the same period, Scotland (4,110 cases per 100,000 workers) had the lowest rate, which was statistically significantly lower than the Great Britain rate (LFS).
A selection of data tables providing further information are available.
Scotland and Wales
Summaries of the available data relating specifically to Scotland and Wales can be found in the reports here:
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 (2018/19 to 2020/21). 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.
Research exploring the effect of standardising regional injury rates for differences in occupation and industry can be found at:
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.