The Official Statistic 'MOD Health and Safety Statistics Annual Report 2011/12', produced by Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA), Ministry of Defence, was released on 31 October 2012.
This report presents the latest figures for injury and illness to Service personnel, civilian Ministry of Defence (MOD) employees and other civilian personnel that were recorded on the MOD's Health and Safety recording systems during the financial year 2011/12. The report also provides information on the number of deaths to Service personnel and deaths to civilian personnel as recorded by the Defence Safety and Environment Authority (DSEA).
- In 2011/12, 130 deaths occurred among the UK regular Armed Forces. Of these, 62 (48%) were on-duty deaths, of which 58 were injury related (43 were the result of hostile action). The number of deaths excluding hostile action and off duty RTAs in 2011/12 increased by 13% from 62 in 2009/10 to 70 in 2011/12.
- In 2011/12, 20 injury-related deaths occurred as a result of work place incidents or on duty road traffic accidents among UK Armed Forces and civilian personnel.
- The most frequently recorded causes of death for work place incidents between 2007/08 and 2011/12 were rotary blade accidents (10 deaths involving five separate incidents), fixed wing aircraft accidents (seven deaths involving four separate incidents) and land transport accidents (eight deaths involving eight separate incidents
Major and Serious Injuries and Illnesses (excluding deaths)
- The number of major and serious injuries and illnesses reported decreased by 20% from 2,850 in 2010/11 to 2,280 in 2011/12. Of these, 2,040 (90%) involved Armed Forces personnel. The most common mechanism of non-fatal major and serious incidents to Armed Forces personnel and MOD civilian employees was 'Training/Exercise' with 1,020 (45%) incidents reported.
- The rate of major and serious injuries and illnesses for UK regular Armed Forces personnel and MOD civilian employees increased 37% from 658 per 100,000 in 2007/08 to 900 per 100,000 in 2011/12.
Major Injuries and Illnesses (excluding deaths)
- There were 925 major injuries and illnesses reported in 2011/12, a decrease of 22% on the number reported in 2010/11 (n=1,190). Of the 925 major injuries and illnesses, 870 (94%) involved Armed Forces personnel and 55 (6%) involved MOD civilian employees. The most common mechanism of injury was 'Training/Exercise', which represented 350 (38%) of the total incidents recorded.
Serious Injuries and Illnesses
- There were 1,355 serious injuries and illnesses reported in 2011/12, a decrease of 18% on the number reported in 2010/11 (n=1,660). Of the 1,355 serious injuries and illnesses, 1,170 (86%) involved Armed Forces personnel, 185 (14%) involved MOD civilian employees. The most common mechanism of injury recorded was 'Training/Exercise', which represented 670 (49%) of total incidents recorded.
Minor Injuries and Illnesses
- The number of minor injuries and illnesses reported decreased by 12% from 3,960 in 2010/11 to 3,500 in 2011/12. Of these, 2,230 (64%) involved Armed Forces personnel, 1,265 (36%) involved MOD civilian employees.
- In 2010/11, the rate of RIDDOR injuries to MOD civilian Non-Industrial employees was 211 per 100,000 compared with 99 per 100,000 for UK high risk office worker occupations.
- In 2010/11, the rate of RIDDOR injuries to MOD civilian Industrial employees was 962 per 100,000 compared with 3,023 per 100,000 for UK transport staff occupations
- In 2011/12, 1,770 near misses were recorded accounting for 17% of the total incidents recorded. Although the number of near misses is fewer than in 2010/11 (n=2,220), the proportion of all health and safety records that are near misses has remained the same.
- In 2011/12, 85 'Dangerous occurrences' were recorded on health and safety systems. This is an increase of 69% on the previous year's number of dangerous occurrences (n=50). The most frequently occurring types of dangerous occurrence were traffic violations, unsafe working practices and equipment failure.