In 2021/22, 1.8 million working people suffered from a work-related illness, highlighting the continuing need for businesses to take action to prevent occupational ill-health.

Preventing occupational ill health is a key focus for HSE. Not only is it a legal requirement to protect the health of your workers, improving your management of worker health and wellbeing also brings tangible business benefits and protects your most important asset: your reputation.

Key figures for Great Britain (2021/22)

  • 1.8 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, of which
    • 914,000 workers suffering work-related stress, depression or anxiety
    • 477,000 workers suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder
    • 123,000 workers suffering from COVID-19 which they believe may have been from exposure to coronavirus at work
  • 2,544 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2020)
  • 123 workers killed in work-related accidents
  • 565,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 61,713 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 36.8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • £18.8 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2019/20)

Please click here to download the latest summary statistics for Great Britain 2022.

Source: HSE