Health and safety statistics in Great Britain, Germany & France

As we specialise in designing slip resistant shoes to improve health and safety at work, we're always interested to see the latest stats and facts about workplace health. Check out the most recent figures and facts about health and safety in Great Britain, Germany and France:





The health and safety statistics highlighted below are for 2014/15. 


Great Britain

  • 1.2 million working people suffered from a work-related illness
  • 142 workers killed at work: this is 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 
  • 27.3 million working days were lost due to work related illnesses and injuries 
  • £14.3 billion was the cost of injuries and work-related ill health on Great Britain
  • 611,000 employees injured at work 
  • In 2014/15 there has been an increase of fatal injuries to workers compared to last year




In a 2014 national survey, the HSE discovered these were the risk factors employees were most worried about:

  • 'Dealing with difficult customers, patients and pupils'
  • Carrying heavy loads
  • Repetitive movements
  • Slips, trips and falls


What is the most dangerous industry in Great Britain?


Naturally, you would think manufacturing and construction would have a high fatality rate because employees work around heavy machinery.


In manufacturing: 0.55 deaths per 100,000

In construction: 1.62 deaths per 100,000


However, services has the highest rate of fatal injuries with 51 workers suffering an work related injury that resulted in death. This has risen by 21% over the last five years. 


Why so high? This growing number is likely caused by the increasing number of public services over the years. The service industry has grown by public demand. 





  • In 2014, 66% of workplaces in Germany had regular risk assessments
  • In a 2005 study, 16% of Germany's citizens suffered from stress. In France this was 18%, and 12% in the UK. 
  • 0.9 per 100,000 workers in Germany suffered a fatal injury (2012)
  • 19% of people think their health and safety is at risk at work (2010)


Find out which EU country has the highest work-related fatalities.


Insurance companies in Germany say the most dangerous job is working in railway construction. Working with heavy machinery and working near dangerous and moving machines makes it a dangerous job. 




  • In 2014, 56% of workplaces in France had regular risk assessments
  • 2.64 per 100,000 employees in France suffered a fatal injury (2012)
  • 3.1% of workers had to take sick leave as a result of a serious injury  (2013)
  • 25% of people think their health and safety is at risk (2010)


As France's economy is mainly based on agriculture and services, injuries at work have majorly come from these two sectors. 


Looking at this comparison chart, we can see Germany has a close incident rate to the UK. However France has a higher number of people suffering fatal injuries at work. 



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How to improve your safety in your workplace

Some accidents at work are unavoidable but in most cases, proper safety procedures and the correct uniform (safety clothing, high visibility, etc) can improve health and safety at work.


In services: waiters, bar staff and chefs should wear the correct uniform (clothing and shoes) to reduce the chance of them suffering accidents or injuries. 


Injuries in Great Britain cost employers 2.8 billion pounds. 



Slip resistant shoes are designed to reduce slips, trips and falls at work


Your shoes play an important role at work. If your footwear has no grip, then you're at high risk of slipping on wet and unstable surfaces. Shoes with high quality slip resistance tread help you stay safe at work. 


At Shoes For Crews (Europe) Ltd. our slip resistant work shoes have been worn by employees in many different industries (check them out!). 


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