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HSE publishes summary statistics for 2016

Accident levels continue to plateau but fines double.

The Health and Safety Executive has released its annual summary statistics for Health and Safety at work in Great Britain. The statistics utilise information from the Labour Force Survey, RIDDOR reporting and HSE cost model and enforcement data, to highlight key facts relating to illness and injury at work.

The number of accidents and deaths in the workplace does continue to show signs of the plateau seen in recent years. But the 'Enforcements' data shows that fines imposed have doubled in the last twelve months, possibly as a direct result of the new Sentencing Guidelines being applied from February this year.

144 workers were killed at work in 2015/16, with 'falls from height' accounting for over 1/4 of that figure. In terms of non-fatal injuries, it's estimated that 4.5 million working days were lost due to workplace injury.

In terms of how that is reflected across industry - Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Construction, Manufacturing, Transport, Accomodation / food service and Wholesale / retail trade - are statistically represented as higher than the average rate per industry.

Regarding Enforcement in 2016, The HSE and COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service) prosecuted 696 cases with a conviction rate of 95%.

HSE and COPFS prosecutions led to fines totalling to £38.3 million compared to the £18.1 million in fines from 2014/15. The bulk of this increase is due to 14 fines that were higher than the maximum fine imposed in 2014/15. (Six prosecutions resulted in fines of over £1 million).

To view the data in more detail please view the PDF downloads below (one is on summary data, the second links to enforcement data) - they also contain a series of hyperlinks that can link directly through to the supporting data on the HSE website, for reference.

Please note, the downloads below are sourced via the HSE and Contain public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence.

Article Published 7.11.2016