The HSE has published its annual health and safety at work summary statistics for Great Britain 2017.

Ill health

The total number of work-related ill health cases remains largely the same in 2016/2017 as the previous year (1.3m), with the rate per 100,000 workers of work-related ill health cases remaining largely flat since 2013/14, having been steadily declining from a peak in 2007/08.

However, this year has shown a rise in the proportion of those cases (40% compared with 37% in 2015/16) which are related to mental health (stress, depression or anxiety), and a corresponding fall (39% vs 41% in 2015/16) in the proportion of musculoskeletal disorders.

12.5m working days were lost in 2016/17 due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety; 8.9m due to musculoskeletal disorders.

Workplace fatalities & injury

The number of fatalities at work dropped from 144 in 2015/16 to 137 this year, and the number of estimated non-fatal injuries to workers fell from 621,000 to 609,000 in 2016/17. However, the number of working days estimated to have been lost due to workplace injury is 5.5m in 2016/17, up significantly from 4.5m the previous year.

The rate of self-reported non-fatal injuries per 100,000 workers has been following a long-term downward trend, and this continues in 2016/17.

Costs to Great Britain

Costs to Britain of workplace injury and ill-health has risen from £14.1bn in 2015/16 to £14.9bn in 2016/17, though the proportions of this allocated to injury (c. 35%) and ill health (c. 65%) remain consistent.

Industries

The top four industries affected by work-related ill health in 2016/17 are: Health & Social Work; Agriculture; Public Administration / Defence; and Education. The industries most severely affected by workplace injury are: Agriculture; Construction; Transport & Storage; and Accommodation & Food Services.

Comparison with Europe

Compared with the rest of Europe, the UK consistently has one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury, lower than other large economies and the EU average.  UK rates of lost working days due to work-related ill health were lower than most other EU countries.

83% rise in fines from prosecutions

The number of prosecutions in the period fell from 660 in 2015/16 to 554 in 2016/17. However, this was the first full year since the new Sentencing Guideline was introduced: this resulted in a 83% rise in total fines from prosecutions from £38.3 in 2015/16 to £69.9m in 2016/17.

For the full report please go to http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/