Health and Safety Key Figures (2019- 2020)

  • 6 million Work-regarding ill health issues
  • 8 million cases of work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in 2019/20
  • Employers recorded 65,427 non-fatal injuries to workers;
  • 111 serious injuries to workers
  • 8 million working days missed due to work-related illness and non-fatal workplace injuries
  • It is estimated that 13,000 people die each year as a result of previous work-related exposure, mainly to chemicals or dust.
  • In 2019/20, 638,000 workers experience a different case of work-related illness.
  • 480,000 workers have musculoskeletal disorders as a result of their jobs.
  • It is estimated that 12,000 lung disease deaths occur each year as a result of previous workplace exposures.
  • In 2018, there were 2,446 mesothelioma fatalities.
  • Estimated working days missed due to non-fatal occupational injuries: 6.3 million
  • In 2018/19, the annual costs of work-related accident and disease were £16.2 billion, excluding long-term illnesses such as cancer.
  • HSE released 7,075 notices in 2019/20
  • In 2019/20, the HSE tried, or referred to COPFS for investigation, 325 cases in Scotland where a conviction was obtained.

Source: HSE