HSE Workplace Fatality Figures 2021/22

The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual workplace fatalities statistics for 2021/22

123 workers killed – a decrease of 22 compared to 2020/21

Cause of fatal injuries

  • Falls from height (29)
  • Struck by a moving vehicle (23)
  • Struck by a moving object (18)
  • Contact with moving machinery (15)
  • Trapped by something collapsing/overturning (14)

Fatal injuries by industry

  • Construction (30)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (22)
  • Manufacturing (22)
  • Transportation and storage (16)

The risks to older workers (aged 60 or over) continues to be highlighted with 29 of the total fatal injuries (24%), despite only making up around 11% of the workforce.

80 members of the public killed due to work-related activities (excludes deaths to ‘patients and service users’ in the healthcare and adult social care sectors in England)

“While Great Britain is one of the safest countries in the world to work, today’s figures show we must continue to ensure safety remains a priority. Every loss of life is a tragedy, and we are committed to making workplaces safer and holding employers to account for their actions, as part of our mission to protect people and places.” HSE’s chief executive, Sarah Albon

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