Key Health and safety annual statistics 2015/16

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published annual performance statistics for 2015/16. There are no significant improvements in key areas over 2014/15. 

Health and safety statistic at a glance

Key area Statistics
Work-related deaths 144
Non-fatal injuries to workers 600,000
RIDDOR-reportable '7 day' injuriess 152,000
Cases of work-related illness 1.3 million
Working days lost because of injury and ill health 30.4 million
Annual costs of workplace injury £4.8 billion
Prosecutions by HSE and Procurator Fiscal in Scotland 660 (conviction rate of 95%)
Fines from prosecutions £38.3 million


Key facts

  • The fatal injury rate had been reducing over past years but the trend has levelled off more recently.
  • 67 fatal injuries were to members of the public.
  • The riskiest industries (statistically) for workplace injury are agriculture, construction, transport/storage, manufacturing, wholesale/retail trade, and accommodation/food service activities.
  • Working at height accounted for more than a quarter of work-related deaths (and 6% of non-fatal injuries), mostly in the construction sector.
  • The number of RIDDOR-reportable non-fatal injuries has dropped slightly. The HSE noted, however, that such injuries are substantially under-reported, particularly injuries to the self-employed.
  • The highest rate of work-related deaths, non-fatal injuries, and prosecutions (14%) in England were in the North West.

Health and safety enforcement

The conviction rate of 95% by the HSE and Procurator Fiscal in Scotland was up from 2014/15 rates of 94%. Fines for prosecutions were up from £18.1 million in 2014/15.

The HSE issued fewer enforcement notices in 2015/16 (down from 12,430 to 11,403 in 2014/15). The number of successful appeals against such notices (through the Employment Appeals Tribunal process) is very low.

What these statistic mean for you

These statistics show how serious, and dangerous, hazards in the workplace can be.

Businesses in the UK, in general, have a strong commitment to health and safety. This is important, particularly in light of high conviction rates for breaches and tougher sentencing guidelines since February 2016 - with fines related to turnover.

You have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of your workers at work, and of members of the public who visit your workplace - so make sure you have policies in place to protect them.

How can The Mandatory Training Group can help you?

You can minimise risks and hazards in the workplace by completing a health and safety review. You can use our health and safety documents to carry this out effectively, including our:

  • Fire risk review checklist
  • Fire risk assessment - recording of significant findings
  • Risk assessment for young people on work experience
  • Health and safety compliance review and policy creator.

These documents can help you to keep your employees safe, and help make sure your company complies with health and safety law.

Key HSE Health and safety annual statistics 2015/16 | The Mandatory Training Group

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