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Injuries: key points

  • Injury is the fourth most common cause of death in the European Union, after cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory disease (for more details see Introduction and UK and international).
  • 11% of adults and 15% of children surveyed in the Scottish Health Survey 2013/2015, had an accident, which required advice from a doctor or visit to hospital (for more details see Population surveys).
  • Unintentional injuries accounted for approximately 1 in 8 emergency hospital admissions for children and 1 in 11 for adults in Scotland in 2014/15 (for more details see Secondary care).
  • There were 10,968 people injured in road accidents in Scotland in 2015 (for more details see Road traffic injuries).
  • In 2015/16 in Scotland 16 workers were killed as a result of workplace accident. 6,560 non-fatal injuries to employees were reported by employers (for more details see Workplace injuries).

  • In 2014 in Scotland 23 children under the age of 15 and 1,727 adults aged 15 years and over died due to unintentional injury (for more details see Mortality).  


Section updates:

  • The last major update of this section was completed in September 2016.
  • The next major update is due to be carried out by end December 2017.
Page last updated: 22 December 2016

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