HSE reporting - non-fatal injuries at work continued to decline - fatalities rose 16%
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Home > News > HSE reporting on injuries at work for 12 months to end March 2011

16th January 2012

HSE reporting on injuries at work for 12 months to end March 2011

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) this week announced that the decrease in non-fatal injuries at work had continued during the latest 12-month period to end March 2011. Figures show that 115,379 non-fatal injuries to employees were reported during the period. However, during the same period, fatalities rose by 16% to 171 from a record low of 147 in the previous 12-month period.

The campaign group Families Against Corporate Killers expressed concern that this worrying trend may simply be a sign that many non-fatal accidents went unreported as employees were concerned about job security.

Major injuries

24,726 major injuries were reported and the two sectors that continue to report the highest level of major injuries are the construction and agricultural industries. The construction industry reported a rate of 173.2 (the rate per 100,000 employees) compared to the overall rate of 99 for major injuries.

The agricultural industry was even higher at 221.9, more than double the overall rate.

Changes in reporting criteria

The HSE are shortly to change their reporting from those accidents and injuries that require workers to take more than 3 days off work, to only reporting those that require workers to take more than 7 days off work. The HSE estimates that this will mean a decrease in reporting figures of between 25% and 30%.

Budget cuts set to affect inspections

Further concern has been expressed that the publicised cuts to the HSE budget will force a retreat from inspections, which poses a threat to the continued reduction in injuries and ill health.

In statistics produced by the Labour Force Survey, they estimated that 1.2 million people who worked in the last 12 months, said they were either suffering from an illness caused by their work, or it had been made worse by their work. Of those 500,000 were new illnesses that had occurred during the 12-month period.

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