Call me back

First 2012 Statistics Show Levelling-Off To Workplace Injuries Downward Trend

17th December 2013
Latest provisional figures for workplace injuries in the period 2011–2012 have recently been released by both Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations), which tend to show that a previous downward trend of the last four years appears to be levelling-off and accidents claims could be on the rise.

The first indications by the HSE show that between April 2011 and March 2012, the total number of fatalities in the workplace had reduced only slightly from 175 to 173. However, previously published figures show there were 111,164 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR and a higher figure of 212,000 injuries leading to over-3-day absences, according to a Labour Force Survey.

RIDDOR statistics for the first 6 months of 2012 (Apr – Sep) for all fatal injuries (including members of the public) total 137, the highest number being in Service industries (71) followed by Construction (28) and Agriculture (17).

A total of 22, 433 major injuries were reported in 2011-12, the most common type of accident involving slips or trips (40 per cent), and falls from a height (14 per cent) while most common type of accident leading to more than a 3-day absence were caused by handling, lifting or carrying (32 per cent), and slips or trips (24 per cent).

With around a quarter of non-fatal injuries resulting in absence from work for more than 7 days, just over half of reportable non-fatal injuries to employees are recorded under RIDDOR, while the self-employed report a much smaller proportion.

Injury rates, which occurred to those employed in transport and storage, construction, manufacturing, human health and social work activities were statistically higher than other sectors. However, those who operate working processes, plant and machinery, and work in skilled trade and elementary occupations are also shown to have been significantly higher than the average injury rates.

A total of 680 cases were prosecuted across the UK for health and safety breaches in 2011/12 (including cases where multiple offences were brought). Of these, 630 convictions were for at least one offence with a conviction rate of 93 per cent.

Of the total of 680 cases, the HSE prosecuted 551 cases in England and Wales, an increase of 6 per cent on the previous year, securing 506 convictions (92 per cent), while 95 cases in England and Wales were prosecuted by Local authorities.