The Health and Safety Executive has announced its annual injury and ill-health statistics that it says shows Great Britain to be one of the safest places in the world to work.
It had previously announced that the year 2019 /2020 (the year up to June this year) had the lowest number of workplace deaths on record (111).
The regulator says that over half of working days lost in 2019/20 were due to mental ill health.
In Great Britain in the year 2019/2020, there were:
111 fatal injuries at work
693,000 non-fatal injuries, 65,427 reported under RIDDOR
1,600,000 working people suffering from work-related illness
38,800,000 working days lost due to workplace injury and work related illness costing the economy an estimated £16.2 billion
325 successful prosecutions, resulting in total fines of £35,800,000
In 2018 (latest data available) there were also 2,446 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures.
Full details can be found on the HSE website at https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm?utm_source=press-release&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=annualstats-nov-2020