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HSE Publishes New Health & Safety Statistics

On 31st October the HSE published its new Annual Statistics Report 2011/12. The key highlights of the report are summarised in the following article.

Key highlights

Ill Health

  • 1.1 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 0.5 million of these were new conditions which started during the year
  • A further 0.7 million former workers (who last worked over 12 months ago) were suffering from an illness which was caused or made worse by their past work
  • 2347 people died from mesothelioma in 2010 and thousands more from other occupational cancers and diseases such as COPD.


  • 173 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.6 fatalities per 100 000 workers
  • 111 164 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 445.4 per 100 000 employees
  • 212 000 injuries leading to over-3-day absence occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey, a rate of 750 per 100 000 workers
  • The most frequent causes of injury were manual handling, slips and trips and falls from height

Working days lost

  • 27 million days were lost overall (17 days per case)
  • 22.7 million days due to work-related ill health and 4.3 million due to workplace injury.

Economic costs to Britain

  • Workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer) cost society an estimated £13.4 billion in 2010/11.


  • 551 cases were prosecuted by HSE in England and Wales
  • 95 cases were prosecuted by local authorities in England and Wales
  • 34 cases were prosecuted by the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland
  • 14 525 enforcement notices were issued by HSE and local authorities.

Details of the full statistics can be accessed via the HSE website.