HSE releases annual injury and ill-health statistics for Great Britain


Statistics released by the HSE show that Great Britain is still one of the safest places in the world to work with the lowest number of deaths on record.

However, more than half of Britain’s working days lost in 2019/20 were due to mental ill health.

The annual report by HSE includes statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, enforcement action taken, and the associated costs to Great Britain.

The statistics, compiled from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, illustrate that in Great Britain in the 2019/2020 period there were;

  • 111 fatal injuries at work
  • 1.6 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 38.8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • 325 cases were prosecuted and resulted in a conviction. Fines from convictions totalled £35.8 million

In 2019/2020, the estimated economic cost to Great Britain totalled £16.2 billion with 38.8 million working days lost.

View the full press release, which includes comments from Sarah Newton, HSE Chair.

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