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

In 2022, the health and social care sector reported 2,051 cases of injuries sustained by workers. This accounted for 23% of all workplace injuries reported to the Health and Safety 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 2021–2022

Health and Safety Statistics