HSE release 2018/19 statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual statistics for injury and ill-health in Great Britain – and they are still too high.


The annual report includes statistics for the following:


  • work-related ill health;
  • workplace injuries;
  • working days lost;
  • enforcement action taken;
  • the associated costs to Great Britain.


Figures have shown that around 581,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries between 2018 and 2019 – and a shocking 1.4 million workers suffering from work-related ill-health. The statistics, compiled from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as well as other sources, have shown (in summary) that there were:


  • 147 fatal injuries at work;
  • 1.4 million working people that are suffering from a work-related illness;
  • 364 cases prosecuted, and subsequently resulted in a conviction – fines from these totaled to nearly £54.5 million;
  • 28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.


In total, the estimated economic cost to Great Britain totaled near to £15 billion in the period between 2017/2018. There has been no recent significant changes to industries in which there is a higher risk of sustaining an injury whilst at work, with both construction and agriculture being among the higher-risk sectors.


Despite Great Britain being one of the safest places to work, the reported figures have highlighted that there are still areas to be improved upon, in order to prevent fatalities, injuries and ill-health. The figures highlight the scale of the challenge ahead, in making the country a healthier and safer place to work.


“Great Britain’s position as one of the safest places to work should be a point of pride for us all, but these figures show that there is still much to be done to ensure the workers go home both healthy and safe. These figures should highlight to us all the vital importance of managing risk and promoting behaviours to improve the standard of good health and safety practice in the workplace.

We must all share the responsibility of ensuring everybody is aware of what they need to do to work right by preventing work-related incidents, and making our places of work healthier and safer for everyone “

HSE Chair



to view the 

Health and safety at work Summary statistics for Great Britain 2019