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Accidents at work - Health and Safety Executive Statistics

In 2009/10 there were 23 fatal injuries to workers in Scotland, 2,548 reported major injuries to employees and 7992 over 3 day injuries to employees.

Compared with 2008/09 the total number of injuries in Scotland has fallen by 8.9%.

In Scotland in 2009/10 the rate per 100,000 employees was 115.6 for fatal and major injuries and 359.8 for over 3 day injuries compared to GB averages of 102.0 and 371.5 respectively.

Types of Accidents in the UK

The most common fatal injury in recent years has been falling from a height, struck by a moving vehicle or struck by a moving or falling object.

•    Number of major injuries to employees by kind of accident



Slips, trips or falls on the same level

Falls from a height

Struck by a moving or falling height

Injured while handling, lifting or carrying
























Agriculture has the highest rate of fatal injuries and one of the highest rates of reported major injury of the industry sectors. In 2009/10, there were 242.1 major injuries per 100,000 employees in agriculture compared to 203.1 in 2008/09.

In 2009/10 Agriculture accounted for 0.9% of the employees in Britain and 1.4% of reported injuries to employees (15% fatalities, 2% major and 1% of over three day injuries).


In 2009/10 Construction accounted for 4% of the employees in Britain and 7% of reported injuries to employees (27% fatalities, 10% major and 6% of over three day injuries).

In 2009/10 there were 42 fatal injuries giving a rate of 2.2 per 100 000 workers. This is the third highest rate of fatal injuries, behind agriculture and extractive industries.

Construction accounted for 35% (276 cases) of all reported injuries involving high falls and 24.8% (89) involving electricity.


Manufacturing accounts for about 9% of the British workforce, but for 16% of reported injuries to employees (21% fatalities, 15% Major, 16% over three day injuries).

Manufacturing also accounts for 56% (2,160 cases in 2009/10) of reported injuries that involved contact with moving machinery, 24% (20) involving explosions, 21% (2,851) hit by moving, falling objects or fire (51) and 19% (605) contact with harmful substance.

Within Manufacturing, the sub-group recycling has a rate of reported major injury over five times the rate for Manufacturing as a whole.

Extractive and Utility Supply

There were 6 fatal injuries in 2009/10, a rate of 3.6 per 100 000 employees. This is similar to 2008/09 which had a rate of 3.5, when there were also 6 fatal injuries. The number and rate of fatal injuries in extractive industries have fluctuated since 2000/01 with no overall trend.

There has also been decrease of 32% in the major rate injuries since 1996, and 16% since 2000.

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