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We are probably all aware of the risks associated with the type of work that we do.

Chances are we’ve had the health and safety training, seen the poster and had colleagues brief us on the day-to-day dangers to watch out for. However, there is always a bigger picture to consider, especially when it comes down to something as our well-being.

Some industries are clearly more risky than others but measures can always be taken by employers who care about their workers to negate unnecessary risk.

The Health and Safety Executive is a national independent body that acts as a watchdog for health, safety and illness issues related to work. It provides a whole host of facts and figures on work place accidents so that employers and employees are fully aware of the risks and take actions to safeguard their staff and themselves.

We all work towards an accident free world.

What Are HSE Stats And Why Are They Important?

HSE generate statistical information across a range of industries and share these figures on accidents at work with the public. The only issue is that they’re not necessarily very easy to read. We’ve taken the liberty of making them easier to understand and process, so that you get all of the relevant information straight away!

There’s no excuse for a modern employer operating an unsafe work environment, and these government statistics suggest that increasing numbers of employers are cottoning onto that fact.

HSE Accident Statistics Across All Industries


Across all industries, injuries at work have been decreasing for some years now, meaning that those employers who fail in their duty of care to their employees are more conspicuous and unforgivable than ever. The combined efforts of the government’s health and safety awareness campaigns and personal injury lawyers have made accidents much less acceptable in the workplace.

Best of all, fatal injuries are so few (and decreasing) that you cannot see them in contrast with the major injury statistics. This is as it should be!

HSE Accident Statistics By Industry


These are the raw statistics by industry, so you can’t use these graphs to compare industries – obviously Service industries are not more dangerous than Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing. However, they’re great to see the improvements that have been made in recent years compared directly with each other.

How To Interact With These Graphs

Currently, if you are using Internet Explorer 8 or earlier, you won’t be able to see these graphs – sorry! If you want to see some information on accident at work statistics without needing the latest and greatest browser, feel free to check out our article on the top ten most common workplace accidents, and our apologies for the inconvenience.

The data on these graphs corresponds to the checkbox label with the same colour. To add or remove information from these graphs, simply click on the appropriately-coloured checkboxes. If you can’t see some of the information clearly, it’s probably because there is too little data to show that line. Try removing some of the other information to automatically make the graphs ‘zoom in’.

Secondly, we need to point out that two years ago, the criteria on which accident at work statistics changed. Prior to 2012-13, injuries that required over three days off work were recorded in the HSE statistics. Now, the HSE only record injuries requiring over seven days off work. This has led to a significant decrease in the number of smaller injuries being recorded, but in general there is much cause for celebration as both serious and more minor injuries have decreased across the board.

What Do I Do If I’ve Had An Accident At Work?

If you’ve had an accident at work, feel free to get in touch (for no cost, and no obligation) and find out if you can make a claim against your employer. As word of health and safety necessities spreads, and working practices everywhere improve, there’s even less excuse for being a negligent employer.