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Injuries: mortality

The ISD publication Unintentional Injuries [547Kb] reports on deaths (until year ending 31 December 2014) related to unintentional injuries and assaults in Scotland.

Key points:

    • There were total of 1,750 deaths in Scotland in 2014 due to unintentional injury, 23 in children under the age of 15 and 1,727 in adults aged 15 years and over. There was an increase of almost 5% in the number of deaths in adults in Scotland in 2014 compared to 2013, as a result of an unintentional injury. (Table 1 [111Kb])
    • Taking into account the age and sex breakdown of the population there were more deaths from unintentional injuries in deprived areas than less deprived areas (the standardised mortality ratio was 55% higher in the most
      deprived area and 39% lower in the least deprived area compared to the Scottish average). (Table 7 [64Kb])
    • Approximately 43% of unintentional injuries related to deaths in adults aged 15 years and over in 2014 were due to falls. (Table 4 [50Kb])

    • More detailed information on mortality by cause of death, age group, gender, NHS Board and Local Council Area (Tables E3 –E4 [6385Kb])


Fire and Rescue Statistics, 2015-16, Scotland [4.2Mb] reports statistics on incidents, casualties and fatalities attended by SFRS in Scotland relating to April 2015 to March 2016.

Key points:

  • In 2015/16 there were 45 fatal casualties from fires in Scotland (provisional figures), an increase of four on the 2014-15 figure of 41.
  • Six of the 45 fire fatalities were deemed, by fire investigations, to be suicides (Table 2 [736Kb]).       
  • Thirty nine of the 45 fire fatalities in 2015/16 occurred in dwellings (87%), with three in other buildings and three in vehicle fires.
  • Of the 39 people who died in dwelling fires, 33 were in accidental fires, and six were in deliberate fires (Table 11[736Kb]). The 2015/16 figure is part of a long-term downward trend in fire fatalities and the number of fire fatalities is now just over a half of that in 1994 (Table 14[736Kb]).
  • The fire fatality rate in Scotland in 2015/16 (provisional figures) was 8.4 fatalities per million population, higher than that in England and Wales (5.5 and 6.1 respectively), though the small numbers of fire deaths make the fire fatality rate a volatile measure.
  • There were 1,256 non-fatal fire casualties in 2015/16. This is an increase of 14 per cent compared to 2014/15 when there were 1,101 casualties.


For information about fatal injuries to workers see Workplace injuries.

Trends in injury related mortality (intentional and unintentional) in Scotland were also reported in analyses undertaken by the Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland which looked at comparative injury mortality data across Great Britain and Ireland between 1982 and 2004.

Key points:

  • This study showed a steady decrease in injury related mortality in Scotland between 1982 and 2004, from 55.5 per 100,000 in 1982 to 38.8 in 2004 ( the chart shows yearly mortality from 1995 (Chart 1). Despite this decrease injury mortality rates remain are higher in Scotland compared to the rest of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
  • More detailed trend analyses on injury related mortality in Scotland by injury type [47Kb] has also been produced in the IOBI study.

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Page last updated: 05 September 2017

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