H&S Statistics 2021

Created on: 31 Oct 2019 | Last modified: 03 May 2023

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:

  • the 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

  • the annual infographic-style summary booklet