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The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.

Health and safety statistics for  2016/2017


The Health and safety Executive have released the latest figures for accidents and work related illnesses in Great Britain consisting of details of Injuries, fatalities, prosecutions, fines  and improvement notices.

The number of cases prosecuted by HSE and, in Scotland, the Crown  Office and Procurator Fiscal Service  (COPFS) has shown an upward trend in recent years.

The number of notices issued by all enforcing bodies has shown a downward trend in recent years. The number of notices issued by HSE has fluctuated over the last five years.

Latest figure are:

    1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
    2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)
    137 workers killed at work
    609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
    70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
    31.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
    £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)  

You can download a full report in PDF form here

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