Topics: Occupational safety and health, Confidence interval, Statistics Pages: 28 (4022 words) Published: April 20, 2014
The Health and Safety Executive

Statistics 2009/10

Statistician lead: Kate Sweeney
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Health and safety statistics highlights 2005


page 4

Work-related ill health

pages 5–7

Workplace injuries

pages 8–10


pages 11–13

Countries and regions

pages 14–15

Industry sectors

page 16

Occupation groups

page 17

Progress since 2000

pages 18–23

Sources and definitions

pages 24–27

Key facts


Health and safety statistics highlights 2005

Key facts
Ill health
1.3 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 555 000 of these were new conditions which started during the year.

A further 0.8 million former workers (who last worked over 12 months ago) were suffering from an illness which was caused or made worse by their past work.
2249 people died from mesothelioma in 2008 and thousands more from other occupational cancers and diseases such as COPD.
152 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.5 fatalities per 100 000 workers.
121 430 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 473 per 100 000 employees.
233 000 reportable injuries occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey, a rate of 840 per 100 000 workers.

Working days lost
28.5 million days were lost overall (1.2 days per worker),
23.4 million due to work-related ill health and 5.1 million due to workplace injury.

1033 offences were prosecuted by HSE and ORR.

287 offences were prosecuted by local authorities.

15 881 enforcement notices were issued by all enforcing authorities


Health and safety statistics highlights 2005

Fatal diseases
Each year thousands of people die from work-related diseases

mainly due to past working conditions.
An estimated 8000 cancer deaths in Britain each year are

attributable to past exposure to occupational carcinogens. Around half of these are asbestos related (including mesothelioma). ■ Research to estimate the number of cancers that result from

current working conditions is underway.
Around 15% of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD –

including bronchitis and emphysema) may be work related. This suggests there could be some 4000 COPD deaths each year due
to past occupational exposures to fumes, chemicals and dusts. ■ In 2008, asbestosis was the underlying cause of 117 deaths.

There were 147 other pneumoconiosis deaths, mostly due to coal or silica.
Figure 1 Mesothelioma deaths and disablement benefit cases 1981–2009 Number of deaths or cases




Death certificates






Disablement benefit









Deaths due to the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma

continue to increase annually – a legacy of heavy asbestos use in the past.
There were 2249 mesothelioma deaths in 2008, 1865 among men. ■ The annual number of male deaths is predicted to increase to a

peak of over 2000 around the year 2016.


Health and safety statistics highlights 2005 and safety statistics highlights 2005 Health

Self-reported ill health
In 2009/10 an estimated 1.3 million people who had worked in the last 12 months, and a further 0.8 million former workers,...
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