Image of Bar Chart sitting on spreadsheetsHealth and Social Care Illness and Injury Statistics

In 2021, the Healthcare and Social Work Sector reported 1860 injuries to the Health and Safety Authority. This accounted for over 20% of all workplace injuries reported to the Authority.

Reported incidents indicate three main accident triggers in the healthcare sector:

  • manual handling (patient handling and handling of inanimate loads)
  • slips, trips and falls
  • work related aggression, shock and violence

The latest data from the CSO’s Labour Force Survey also indicate that illness rates are also highest in this sector.

Further Information

For information on annual illness and injury statistics in the healthcare sector see:

Annual Review of Workplace Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities 2020–2021

Health and Safety Statistics