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HSE Workplace incident figures

The stats are in – workplace incident figures have been released for 2020/2021  ...

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HSE Workplace incident figures

11th January 2022

News : Personal Injury

The stats are in – workplace incident figures have been released for 2020/2021


The HSE has released their statistics for Great Britain for 2020/2021 which are as follows;

  • 1.7 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, of which
    • 822,000 workers suffering work-related stress, depression or anxiety
    • 470,000 workers suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder
    • 93,000 workers suffering from COVID-19 which they believe may have been from exposure to coronavirus at work
  • 2,369 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2019)
  • 142 workers were killed at work
  • 441,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 51,211 injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR


The construction industry saw the biggest number of musculoskeletal injuries as a result of work.

Generally across all sectors the types of injury are broken down as follows;

  • 45% Upper limbs or neck
  • 16% Lower limbs
  • 39% Back

With regards to occupational lung disease 12,000 lung disease deaths each year are estimated to be linked to past exposure at work.  This is further broken down as;

  • 20% Mesothelioma
  • 20% asbestos related lung cancer
  • 23% non asbestos related lung cancer
  • 34% COPD

In addition there were an estimated 17,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems caused or made worse by work each year on average over the last 3 years according to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey.

With regards to other types of accident at work they are given as below;

  • Slips, trips or falls on same level 33%
  • Handling, lifting or carrying 18%
  • Struck by moving object 10%
  • Acts of violence 8%
  • Falls from a height 10%

The most dangerous occupations with above average levels of workplace injury are confirmed as agriculture (including forestry and fishing), construction, accommodation, the food and service industries, wholesale retail/trade and repair of motor vehicles industries.

Should you be unfortunate to suffer an accident at work or develop an illness due to exposure to a chemical or allergen at work, please feel free to contact our Personal Injury team who have over 30 years’ experience of helping people recover compensation on 01270 762325 or PI@poolealcock.co.uk. We are happy to help.


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