Injuries: UK and international

There are a number of sources of data available on comparative injury figures for Scotland, the United Kingdom and Europe.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published statics which compare the UK with other European countries. Standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU-15 and UK show a downward trend over the period 1998-2012. The UK consistently has one of the lowest rates of fatal injury across the EU.

The Scotland and European Health for All (HfA) Database 2012 provides comparative mortality trend data for Scotland and countries in Europe, by gender, for the following types of injuries:

  • Motor vehicle traffic accidents;
  • Suicide and Self-Inflicted Injury;
  • Homicide and Intentional Injury;
  • External Causes of Injury and Poisoning.

The European Injury Database (IDB) contains injury cases treated in emergency hospital departments across the EU. Currently 100 hospitals across 20 EU countries submit 300,000 cases a year. The latest information available is on 27 types of injury from 1996 to 2010. The most recent summary of the injury statistics and surveys drawing on this database, Injuries in the European Union 2008-2010 [2.96Mb], was published in 2013.

Trend analysis [170Kb] produced by the Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland shows that the Republic of Ireland consistently had the highest age-standardised mortality rate between 1996 and 2003, and Scotland consistently had the second highest rate. However in 2004 the Scotland rate exceeded that of the Republic of Ireland (the only 2 countries for which 2004 rates were available). Analysis of trends in injury type across the countries of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland are also provided. However it should be noted that these data are now 10 years old and are not likely to be updated. 

Please note: If you require the most up-to-date data available, please check the data sources directly as new data may have been published since these data pages were last updated. Although we endeavour to ensure that the data pages are kept up-to-date, there may be a time lag between new data being published and the relevant ScotPHO web pages being updated.