Accident Statistics

Welcome to RoSPA's one-stop-shop for accident statistics. Whatever your area of interest, RoSPA's Accident Statistics pages can help you to find the information you need. You may need to know how many children fall out of high chairs, how many people are injured using ladders at work, or any number of other queries relating to accident statistics – and you can find the answer here.

Click on the tabs below for your accident statistics of choice.

Click here to visit the HASS and LASS web site.

Home & Leisure Accident Statistics

Do you need to know how many children fall down stairs or how many people aged over 65 have skateboarding accidents each year? If so, you will find detailed information on the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance web database (HASS/LASS). Home and leisure accident data is available for you to search for the years 2000 to 2002, taken from a representative sample of hospital attendances around the UK. National estimated figures are given.†

RoSPA's Infocentre can provide statistics and information on accidents relating to the HASS/LASS database. Please contact the Infocentre for more details by email: help@rospa.com or by phone: +44 (0)121 248 2063.

Since 2002, RoSPA has led the campaign for the re-establishment of injury data collection in the UK. Here you can find out more and show your support for this campaign or read more about our success in commissioning research which then influenced a Secretary of State. Visit the Home Safety section of the website.

†RoSPA provides this service under contract to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - formerly the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). All data was originally collected and collated by the DTI, therefore we regret that RoSPA cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or content of the information provided.

*RoSPA cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any pages on linked websites.

Click here for Health and Safety statistics from the HSE.

Workplace Accident Statistics

Here you will find statistics on work-related ill-health, injuries, dangerous occurrences, enforcement and gas safety.

Key annual figures 2008/09

  • 1.2 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness (long standing as well as new cases) they believed to be caused or made worse by their current or past work.
  • 180 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.6 per 100,000 workers.
  • 131,895 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 502.2 per 100,000 employees.
  • 246,000 reportable injuries occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey, a rate of 870 per 100,000 workers.
  • 29.3 million days were lost overall (1.24 days per worker), 24.6 million due to work-related ill health and 4.7 million due to workplace injury.

Did you know? Here are a selection of workplace safety facts and figures. Visit the Workplace Safety section of the website.

*RoSPA cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any pages on linked websites.

Click here to view Road Casualties in Great Britain

Road Accident Statistics

The Department for Transport has published annual reports on road casualties since 1951. The reports provide in-depth information about the circumstances of road crashes, including when and where they occur, what factors caused them, and who was involved.

Most of the statistics in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain are collected by the police when they attend, or are informed of, a road accident in which someone was injured or killed. However, not all such accidents are reported to the police, and so the data does not include all road accidents or casualties. An article, “Comparing police data on road accidents with other sources”, is available on the Department for Transport website.

The statistics are used to inform RoSPA's road safety policies and activities to reduce the number of casualties on the road each year. The reports also show what progress has been made towards national targets for reducing the number of road casualties. Visit the Road Safety section of the website.

*RoSPA cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any pages on linked websites.

Click here to visit the National Water Safety Forum web site.

Water-Related Fatalities

The National Water Safety Forum runs a joint reporting system utilising information from RoSPA, RLSS, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute among others.

The figures produced represent the occurrence of fatalities as a result of drowning and other water-related incidents within the geographic limits of the UK search and rescue sector. They are a result of collaboration between NWSF members and represent our best efforts at outlining the level of water-related fatalities occurring in the UK.

Other sources of statistics and data which include water-related fatalities can be found on the National Water Safety Forum website: www.nationalwatersafety.org.uk. Visit the Leisure Safety section of the website.

*RoSPA cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any pages on linked websites.

Click here to view Hospital Episode Statistics

Other Injury Causation Databases and Information

Additional current sources of online injury data include:

If you can't find the accident statistics you're looking for or have suggestions for additional sources of statistical information that should be included here, please email: help@rospa.com

*RoSPA cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any pages on linked websites.

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