Fatal injuries arising from accidents at work in Great Britain

Fatal injuries arising from accidents at work in Great Britain: Summary for April to September 2023

From our colleagues at Barbour EHS.

This document presents a statistical count of in-year work-related deaths where the HSE is the relevant enforcing authority.

The statistics cover work-related fatal injuries that are reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) where HSE is the main enforcing authority and are updated on a quarterly basis. They do not include incidents where Local authorities or Office of Rail and Road are the relevant enforcing authority. However, these cases are included in the published annual count. Typically, HSE is the relevant enforcing authority in over 90% of fatal injuries to workers, while for members of the public the percentage is lower at around 45%.

It is noted that the statistics will not fully align with the listing of in-year work-related deaths reported to the HSE as they have been subject to further validation to confirm whether the incident is reportable under RIDDOR based on current investigation findings.
Workers include both employees and self-employed. The figures for the number of fatal injuries to workers show the following:

  • 12: Agriculture, forestry and fishing.
  • 2: Mining and quarrying; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply.
  • 8: Manufacturing.
  • 1: Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities.
  • 20: Construction.
  • 12: Services.

December 2023

Our Comment

These sobering statistics should serve to remind employers of the importance of never becoming complacent with regards to how health and safety hazards are perceived and to how the corresponding risks are managed within their workplaces. Effective risk assessment methodologies which correctly identify hazards and then quantify their associated risks, remain at the forefront of effective risk management strategies.  

HSE Work related deaths


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