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RoSPA

General Accident Statistics January 2007

Home Accidents
For 2002 the UK national estimate of victims of home accidents was
2,701,347:
Home Indoors 2,122,980
Home Outdoors 540,134
Communal home 38,233

UK national estimates of victims of non-fatal accidents in the home by


accident mechanism, 2002

33,272 Suspected poisoning


Acute over exertion
84,481 72,673
90,118 Bite/sting
15,601 Chemical effect
12,628
530,171 Crushing/piercing
367,750
5,125 Electric/radiation
113,550 Fall

128,023 Foreign body


Other/unspecified
1,247,958
Striking contact
Suffocation
Thermal effect

The latest available statistics regarding home accident statistics (not fatalities) are for 2002. These statistics are
taken from the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System (HASS/LASS) database, which is comprised of
sample data from a sample of 16-18 UK hospitals. UK national estimates are calculated using this sample data.

England and Wales home accident mortalities, 2004

Undetermined intent

Other

Poisoning

Exposure to smoke, fire and flames

Threats to breathing (not including drowning)

Falls

0 200 400 600 800 100 120 140 160 180 200
0 0 0 0 0 0
MALE FEMALE

Source: Mortality Statistics, 2004 DH4


Occupational Accidents
The following statistics are provisional for 2005/2006:
212 workers were killed at work (a rate of 0.7 per 100 000 workers)
28 605 major injuries to employees reported in 2005/06 (rate of 110.0 per
100 000)
117 471 injuries to employees causing absence of over 3 days (a rate of
452.2 per 100 000)
328 000 reportable injuries occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey,
a rate of 1200 per 100 000 workers (2004/05)

Provisional statistics (excluding sea fishing) for 2005/06 show that extractive
and utility supply industry employees had the highest rate of injury per 100
000 employees for all injuries at 1 090.3 followed closely by manufacturing at
988.5, and construction at 945.8. Agricultural employees, however, have the
highest rate of fatal injury at 4.6 as compared to extractive and utility supply
industries (3.8) and construction (3.5). Construction has the highest major
injury rate at 310.2 followed by extractive and utility supply industries (238.2)
and agriculture (212.7).

Injuries to workers and employees by region 2005/06p


Fatal injurie s to worke rs 2005/06p (RIDDOR)
Scotland
23 32
North East 17 11
15
North West
31
19
Yorkshire and the
13 12 13 21
Humber
Wales

West Midlands
Major Injuries to employees 2005/06p (RIDDOR)
East Midlands
3467 2740 1302
East 2482
3614
London 2531
2966
2462
South West 2268 2810 1647

South East

Statistics taken from Health and Safety Statistics 2005/06 (HSC)


Road Accidents
In 2000 the Government published a safety strategy to achieve a 40%
reduction in people killed or seriously injured in road accidents, a 50%
reduction in the number of children (up to 16 years) killed or seriously injured
(KSI) and a 10% reduction in the slight casualty rate as compared to the
average for 1994-98, by 2010. The following table provides the latest
comparative figures:

1994 1998 2005 Reduction


Killed 3,578 3,201 10.5%
Seriously Injured 44,078 28,954 34.3%
Slight Injuries 272,272 238,862 12.3%
TOTAL 319,928 271,017 15.3%

KSI 47,656 32,155 32.5%


Rate of slight casualties 61 47 23%
per 100 million vehicle
kilometres
Children KSI 6,860 3,472 49.4%
Source: Road Casualties Great Britain: 2005 Annual Report (DfT)

Water Accidents
During 2003 there were 381 drownings*:

Location Number Percentage of total


River, Stream etc. 144 38
Coastal 93 24
Lakes, Reservoirs 55 14
Canals 30 8
Home baths 18 5
Docks, Harbours 12 3
Swimming pools 12 3
Garden ponds 13 3
Other 4 1
TOTAL 381
Source: RoSPA drowning statistics
*These figures are still subject to revision