Health and Safety Executive

HSE: Health and safety statistics 2021

Published online on 16 December 2021 the latest statistics on work-related health and safety in Great Britain, including the following key annual figures (2020/21):

  • 1.7 million working people suffering from work-related ill health
  • 93,000 workers suffering from COVID-19 which they believe may have been due to coronavirus exposure at work
  • 645,000 workers suffering from a work-related illness caused or made worse by the effect of the pandemic
  • 2,369 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2019)
  • 142 workers killed at work
  • 441,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 51,211 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR

The release provides detailed commentary on these figures and is supported by:

  • our Statistics webpages, with a range of information e.g. on different types of work-related ill-health and different industry sectors
  • a comprehensive set of tables, designed to make the data accessible to users
  • our annual infographic-style summary booklet

For more information:

View our press release, which includes comments from Sarah Albon, HSE Chief Executive.