SI 2017/731
13th July 2017
Consultation on ionising radiation
14th July 2017

HSE Annual fatality statistics.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released its annual figures for work-related fatalities. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that one hundred and thirty-seven workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers), the second lowest year on record.

Of these:

  • Construction sector – Thirty fatal injuries were recorded. While this accounts for the largest share, this is the lowest number on record for the sector. However, over the last five years the number has fluctuated, and the annual average for the past five years is thirty-nine. The annual average rate over the last five years in construction is around four times as high as the all industry rate.
  • Agriculture – Twenty-seven fatal injuries were recorded. This sector has the highest rate of fatal injury of all the main industry sectors, around eighteen times as high as the all industry rate.
  • Waste and recycling – Fourteen fatal injuries were recorded. Despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around fifteen times as high as the all industry rate.


Ninety-two members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2016/17. Almost half of these occurred on railways with the remainder occurring across a number of sectors including public services, entertainment and recreation.