New statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), reveal that the number of people injured or made unwell by their work continues to fall.
The figures show that between April 2010 and March 2011, 24,726 major injuries were recorded as a result of an accident at work, these included amputations, broken bones and serious burn injuries. This compares favourably with the 26,268 serious injuries recorded in the previous year.
There were 90,653 less serious injuries reported, which kept people off work for more than four days, again this was down from the 96,427 of the previous year.
In 2009/10, 1.3 million people claimed to be suffering from a work related illness; this figure has dropped to 1.2 million according to the new statistics.
Unfortunately the number of workplace fatalities rose from 147 to 171.
A spokesperson from the HSE stated that Britain should be proud that its health and safety record is one of the best in Europe but stressed that the rise in fatalities proves that workplace safety has to be responsibly managed.
The construction and agricultural industries reported the highest number of work related injuries, accounting for a disproportionately high number of incidents.