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Health & Safety Statistics

Health and safety remains a crucial issue for our industry and ESA is committed to a target of reducing accidents year on year by 10%. 

Every year, ESA’s Members provide accident statistics which allows ESA to measure performance against the targets in our Accident Reduction Charter. Latest figures show that for 2011, ESA Members achieved a 20% accident reduction against the previous year. 

In fact, since the launch of our Accident Reduction Charter in 2004, ESA Members have reduced accidents by nearly 70%.

RIDDOR Incident Rates 2004-2011

  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011 
 RIDDOR rate   4,185   3,183  2,583   2,428   2,219  1,928  1,666   1,327 
 TOTAL Over 3-day accidents 
1,177  951 861  782  686  590  523  456 
 TOTAL Major accidents 
102  77  72  81  91  90  73  83 
 TOTAL Fatal incidents 
 % change (+/-)    -24%  -19%  -6%   -9%   -13%  -13%  -20%

RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, which puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the Responsible Person) to report serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).


Sources: ESA data and HSE data available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/tables/index.htm#riddor 

NOTE: HSE reports accident data for fiscal years while ESA reports against calendar years.