The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have published statistics which show an 11% drop in major injuries compared to 2011/12.

The statistics show that in Britain, between April 2012 and March 2013:

  • 148 workers were fatally injured – down from 171 the previous year;
  • 19,707 major injuries, such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported – compared with 22,094 in 2011/12;
  • an estimated 5.2 million working days were lost due to workplace injury.

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Chair of HSE, Judith Hackitt said, “This year’s figures demonstrate that Britain continues to improve its health and safety performance, with important falls in the number of workers fatally injured and the number of employees suffering major injuries.”

She continued, “As the economy grows, new and inexperienced additions to the workforce can increase the risk of injuries to workers. We’re committed to helping employers understand that health and safety is about sensibly and proportionately managing risks and ensuring people understand the risks involved not creating unnecessary paperwork.”

There has also been little change in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their jobs – with construction, agriculture and waste and recycling among the higher risk sectors.

For more information, see:

  • Statistics on fatal injuries in the workplace 2012/13, http://cedr.ec/16i;
  • the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations SI 2013/1471 (RIDDOR).