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The HSE's annual statistics on workplace fatalities in Great Britain 2020/21

HSE's workplace fatality statistics 2020/21

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) yesterday published its annual workplace fatality statistics from a work related accident for 2020/21. A total of 142 workers sustained fatal injuries at work in Great Britain, an increase of 29 from the previous year.

Falls from height continue to be one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities accounting for 25% of all deaths. Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure the work is properly planned, supervised and carried out safely to avoid accidents happening. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height and ensuring that any people engaged in the work are ‘competent’. 

Injuries whilst working at height

Other main causes of fatalities were being struck by a moving vehicle (25), struck by a moving object (17), trapped by something collapsing/overturning (14) and contact with moving machinery (14).

When looking at injuries by industry, the report shows that the construction industry accounted for 27% (39) of all fatal injuries to workers. Although this is 39 deaths too many, the number is slightly reduced from the previous year (42). The report also shows that 60 members of the public died because of a work-related accident.


Looking at where in Great Britain the accidents occured, the figures show that 23 people died in the Southwest of England in 2020/21 because of fatal injuries sustained in the workplace. This is the highest absolute number of any region in the UK and a 77% increase compared to 2019/20 (13).

In December the HSE will publish a full report of all and major accidents and injuries at work as part of its annual health and safety statistics report.

MRS Training & Rescue have created dynamic infographics for some of the key statistics announced and these are available to view here.

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