Top Of The Charts For Work Related Injury

March 5, 2024
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Figures recently released by the HSE show that 60,645 non-fatal work-related injuries were reported by employers under the RIDDOR regulations in 2022/23. Only certain injuries and incidents are reportable under these regulations, and the Labour Force Survey estimates that a total of 561,000 workers suffered a non-fatal workplace injury in the same period. In addition, 135 workers died as a result of work-related accidents.


The most common causes of injury were:

  • Slips, trips, or falls on the same level: 32%
  • Handling, lifting, or carrying: 17%
  • Struck by a moving object: 11%
  • Falls from a height of: 8%
  • Acts of violence: 8%


The overall rate of self-reported non-fatal injuries across all industries was 1,520 per 100,000 workers. The industry sectors with the highest rates of injury were:

  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishing at 3,730 per 100,000 workers
  • Construction: 2,640 per 100,000 workers
  • Accommodation and food service activities: 2,500 per 100,000 workers
  • Wholesale/retail trade, including repair of motor vehicles, 1,960 per 100,000 workers


Overall, these figures are in line with trends and levels from before the coronavirus pandemic and compare favourably with those of other European countries.

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