Fatal injury and accident statistics 2021/22

The latest statistics on fatal injuries and accidents have been published by the HSE. 123 workers and 80 members of the public were killed in work-related accidents in the UK in 2021/22. Source: Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain, 2022 (

Each death was reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), and resulted from a work-related accident in 2021/22. Covid-19 fatalities are not included.

Fatalities by industry

The Construction,  Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, and Manufacturing industries accounted for the highest number of fatalities. However the Construction and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sectors have both reported 10 and 12 less deaths than in 2020/21 respectively.

The Manufacturing sector saw 22 fatal injuries, which is an increase of 3 deaths from the previous year.

The Transport and Storage sector have also recorded more fatalities: 5 more than in 2020/21.

Fatalities by accident type

Falls from a height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving (including flying or falling) object continue to be the main causes of fatal injury, as they have been for at least the last 20 years.

Every casualty is a tragedy and has both a social cost and a personal cost to those directly affected.

Sarah Albon, the HSE’s Cheif Executive has said: “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.”

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