UK has one of lowest work injury rates in the EU
The UK consistently has one of the lowest rates of fatal injury across the EU according to HSE statistics.
In 2012 the standardised fatality rate was 0.58 fatalities per 100,000 workers. This compares favourably with other comparable EU economies.
The following list shows fatality rates per 100,000 workers:
- France 2.64
- Spain 1.99
- Italy 1.29
- Germany 0.9
- UK 0.58
The detail statistics also show that the UK has one of the lowest absence due to work related illness rates in the EU.
The following list highlights the % of workers taking time off work due to work related health problem:
- Poland 7.7
- France 5.4
- Spain 2.8
- Italy 1.9
- UK 1.9
Figures for 2015/16 encouraging
In 2015/16 the provisional figure for fatally injured workers is 144. This figure is a 7% improvement on the average for the previous 5 years.
Rates of non-fatal injury have also been on a downward trend, although this has slowed over the past few years.
Chris Salmon, Operations Director of Quittance Personal Injury, said “we are very encouraged by the latest figures. It is clear that the workplace is becoming a gradually safer place to be. We think this is in no small part due to the ratification of sensible health and safety legislation and the gradual bedding in of the relevant safety processes.
Although we have seen growth in work injury enquiries in the past 12 months, this has been at a slower rate of increase than in other areas of personal injury such as road traffic accidents.”