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UK accident figures fall again

New figures published in January 2012 show the on-going trend for falls in the number of people injured and made unwell at work has continued. The statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in Britain between April 2010 and March 2011:

  • 24,726 major injuries were reported, such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees - a rate of 99 injuries per 100,000 workers - compared with 26,268 in 2009/10.
  • 90,653 other injuries serious enough to keep people off work for four or more days were reported - a rate of 363.1 injuries per 100,000 workers - down from 96,427 the previous year.
  • An estimated 1.2 million people said they were suffering from an illness caused or made worse by their work, down from 1.3 million in 2009/10. Of these, 500,000 were new illnesses occurring in-year.
  • 171 workers fatally injured - up from 147 the previous year.

The new data confirms that Britain continues to have the lowest rate of fatal occupational injuries in Europe as well as one of the lowest levels of work-related ill health.