This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Rates of fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries (excluding injuries arising from road traffic accidents)
Rates of fatal work-related injuries per 100,000 workers (employees and self-employed) and rates of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury (per 100,000 workers). This differs from the UN metadata as injuries from road traffic accidents are not included. In addition, data are not broken down by migrant status.
|Unit of measurement
Rate per 100,000 workers
Occupational injury - Any personal injury resulting from an occupational accident.
Fatal occupational injury - An occupational injury leading to death within one year of the day of the occupational accident.
Fatal and non-fatal injuries are broken down by country and regions of England, sex, age, sex by age, and industry sector. Non-fatal injuries are additionally broken down by occupation.
For fatal injuries, country/region reflects the location of where the injury occurred; for non-fatal injuries country/region reflects the injured person’s usual place of residence. It should be noted that country and regional differences in injury rates are strongly affected by differences in employment profiles.
For fatal injuries, disaggregated breakdowns by age, sex and country/region are presented from 2014/15 onwards, and industry breakdowns are presented from 2004/05. Please note, data on fatal injuries by age are available at a more disaggregated breakdown than non-fatal injuries.
For non-fatal injuries, breakdowns are presented as non-overlapping 3-year periods, from 2001/02 to 2003/04 (displayed as 2002/03) onwards. The exception is occupational breakdowns, which use different 3-year periods, as data is available from 2002/03 to 2004/05 (displayed as 2003/04) to 2017/18 to 2019/20 (displayed as 2018/19).
For non-fatal injuries, industry and occupation data is restricted to the current or most recent job as information is not available for previously held jobs.
Industry sector is based on Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2007) codes, with more information available in the source data. This is the current system used in UK official statistics for classifying businesses by type of activity they are engaged in. Please note, for the fatal injury data, agriculture, forestry and fishing does not include sea fishing.
Occupation is based on Standard Occupation Codes (SOC2010). This is the system used in UK official statistics for classifying workers by the type of job they are engaged in.
Non-fatal injury rates are not provided for groups where sample numbers are too small to provide reliable estimates.
Data is presented in the same format as in the source data. Rates have been calculated in the source data by dividing the number of workers in the reference group with an injury (fatal or non-fatal) by the employment total. This is then multiplied by a factor of 100,000 to give a rate per 100,000 workers, in line with international standards. More details can be found in the source data (see ‘Sources’ tab).
Fatal injury rates are based on the count of fatal injuries reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
Rates for non-fatal injuries are based on self-reported non-fatal injury in the workplace (using the Labour Force Survey).
Data for 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 are affected by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. While 2019/20 falls largely outside of the pandemic period, disruption to data collection processes in early 2020 may also be a contributory factor to changes in data in 2019/20. Further, the employment data used to calculate rates includes those temporarily absent from work. In 2020/21 and (to a lesser extent) in 2021/22, the number of such workers was higher than previous years due to temporary employment schemes (e.g. furlough) introduced during the coronavirus pandemic. This has further contributed to the discontinuity in injury rates. For more details see the HSE reports on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health and safety statistics.
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated
|23 January 2023
|Metadata last updated
|06 April 2023