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Workplace major injuries hit an all time low for 2012/13
- 30 October 2013
Figures published today by the Heath and Safety Executive show an 11 per cent drop in major injuries compared to 2011/12. The provisional statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in Britain between April 2012 and March 2013:
- Â 19,707Â major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported (a rate ofÂ 78.5Â injuries per 100,000 employees) â€“ compared withÂ 22,094 in 2011/12 (a rate of 88.5 per 100,000 employees)
- 148Â workers fatally injured â€“ down fromÂ 171 the previous year. The average for the past five years wasÂ 181 worker deaths per year.
- Workplace injuries and ill-health (excluding work related cancer) cost society an estimated Â£13.Â 8Â billion in 2010/11 compared with Â£16.3 billionÂ in 2006/07 (both in 2011 prices).
Â Notes to editors:
- The full statistics, including comparisons to previous years, are available online at the HSE website.
- In 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available across the EU, the standardised rate of work-related fatal injury excluding traffic accidents, was 0.71 per 100,000 workers in GB, the third lowest in the EU.
- The reporting of health and safety incidents at work is a statutory requirement, set out under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). A reportable incident includes: a death or major injury; any accident which does not result in major injury, but the injured person still has to take seven or more days off their normal work to recover; a work-related disease; a member of the public being injured as a result of work-related activity and taken to hospital for treatment; or a dangerous occurrence (which does not result in a serious injury, but could have done).
- The Health and Safety Executive is Britainâ€™s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.