Accident Statistics

Real Stats

There are adverts on the TV all the time about claiming for accidents that happen in the work place and road traffic accidents that aren’t your fault. But what’s the reality? How often do these accidents actually happen?

This information, courtesy of GOV.UK and HSE.gov, details the occurrence of reported workplace accidents and road accidents – fatal, serious and non-serious – in 2012/13.

Accidents at work

Fatal injuries

  • Equivalent to a rate of 0.5 per 100,000 workers, 148 people were fatally injured at work during 2012/13.
  • Statistics show that the sectors with the highest fatal injury rates are construction (39 deaths 2012/13), agriculture (29 deaths) and waste and recycling (10 deaths).
  • 78,222 non-fatal injuries to workers were reported by employers in 2012/13. This is equivalent to 311.6 per 100,000 workers.
  • Of the 78,222, 19,707 were considered major injuries which were most commonly caused by trips and slips (43% of incidents) and falling from a height (13% of incidents).
  • There were 58,515 (rate of 233.1 per 100,000) reported cases of injury with led to a worker being out of work for over seven days. The most common cause of these accidents were handling, lifting and carrying (27% of incidents) and slips and trips (26% of incidents).

Employer-reported non-fatal injuries

Road traffic accidents

This is the latest road accident data according to GOV.UK for the year beginning in June 2012 and ending June 2013:

  • There were 1,730 people killed in road traffic accidents during the year. This is a 3% drop from 1,785 reported in the previous year.
  • There was a 5% drop in the number of people killed or seriously injured (23,530 people) compared to the previous year.
  • A 7% drop in the number of people injured in road accidents saw the total fall to 185,540 compared to 199,091 in 2012.
  • The number of child casualties (aged 0-15) fell by 12% to 15,920.
  • Of those 15,920, 2,080 were killed or seriously injured (a drop of 11% from 2011/12).
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