Personal injury statistics


Below we have put together some interesting and revealing statistics relating to personal injury. For more information about personal injury claims, see our full Resource Library


Health and Safety Statistics

  • 2 million self-reported health and safety incidents
  • 2 million work days lost due to health and safety incidents
  • 13,000 work related deaths

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Common types of work related illness

Health conditions exacerbated by work:

  • stress
  • skin diseases
  • asthma
  • musculoskeletal disorders

Long-latency conditions (conditions that can take many years to develop):

  • asbestos related diseases
  • cancers
  • work related hearing loss
  • respiratory disease
  • vibration related disease (eg. hand-arm vibration syndrome)

Occupational cancer statistics

  • 8,000 deaths each year
  • Around 13,500 new cases each year
  • Most new cases are lung cancer, breast cancer or skin cancer
  • Occupational cancer affects three times more men than women
  • The cancers that most commonly cause deaths are mesothelioma or lung cancer
  • Over 5,500 cases each year affect workers in the construction industry
  • Common causes are exposure to solar radiation, mineral oils and silica

Asbestos-related diseases

  • Asbestos related diseases account for around 5,000 deaths each year and this number is still increasing.
  • Current deaths are the result of past exposure, usually in the building trade
  • Asbestos related diseases often take decades to develop after exposure
  • Of the 2,535 mesothelioma deaths in 2012, 2,126 were men and 409 were women
  • The annual number of deaths related to asbestos poisoning is expected to peak towards the end of this decade

Work-related respiratory disease

  • Examples include asthma, COPD, pneumoconiosis and silicosis (all of which are potentially fatal)
  • Diseases like COPD can have long latency periods
  • Around 4,000 deaths each year from COPD developed as a result of exposure to harmful gases and fumes in the workplace.
  • No change in new cases of occupational asthma over the last five years

Work-related skin diseases

  • The most common is contact dermatitis caused by allergens or irritants
  • Highest rates seen in florists, hairdressers, cooks and beauticians
  • There has been an overall reduction in new cases of work-related skin diseases over the last ten years
  • Over 950 occupational dermatitis cases recorded in 2013

Work-related Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

  • NIHL is typically a long-latency disease
  • Around 150 new claims are awarded Industrial Disablement Benefit each year
  • Mostly affects men
  • Most commonly reported in energy extraction, construction and manufacturing industries
  • Around 18,000 new cases reported each year

The cost of injuries and ill health in the workplace

  • £14.2 billion per year as a result of current or recent working conditions
  • Largest single payouts are awards for pain, grief and suffering
  • Costs have fallen in recent years and may be levelling off
  • Individuals bear around 60% of the cost, whilst the government and employers each pay around 20%

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