Workplace Fatal Injuries in Great Britain, 2021 – updated


Published by the HSE, these annual statistics have been updated. They were first published in July 2021. The fatal injury rates for workers for 2020/21 have been revised to reflect revisions in the employment estimates.


Overall, the effect of the revision is small: the rate of fatal injury for all workers in 2020/21changed from 0.43 to 0.44. By sector, the largest change was in agriculture, forestry and fishing where the rate changed from 11.37 to 11.60. The revision has been made to reflect major disruptions in the labour market during the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.

In 2020/21, 142 workers were killed in work accidents.


Over half of fatal injuries to workers in 2020/21 were in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing and Construction sectors, similar to earlier years. However, taking account of differing employment levels between sectors, then the rate of fatal injury per 100,000 workers is greatest in Agriculture, forestry and fishing and Waste and recycling. Fatal injuries to workers by main industry (2020/21).


Of the deaths in 2020/21, 41 were to workers aged 60 and over. The rate of death is greatest for older age groups.


The most common kind of fatal accident to workers continues as falls from a height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving object, between them accounting for over half of all fatal accidents to workers in 2020/21.


Sixty members of the public were also killed in 2020/21 as a result of a work-related accident.


The updated report is available here.


HSE December 2021

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