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JIB Accident Stats

The JIB annual Survey of Accidents at Work is created based on RIDDOR reportable accident statistics, provided by JIB and ECA members. The report is used to inform the industry and to identify the areas in which more work is needed to prevent accidents in the future.

2017 Report

The 2017 accident incidence rate (AIR) for RIDDOR-reportable accidents is less than 10% of what it was in 2001, continuing the electrotechnical contracting industry's excellent safety record.


Of the 17 reportable injuries, there were no fatalities and none of the injuries were due to contact with electricity. However, 11 were the result of falls or trips at height or at ground level. 

This highly impressive statistic highlights the continuing commitment from electrical contractors to reduce accidents in the workplace, following the JIB, ECA and Unite the Union’s major industry-wide ‘ZAP’ safety initiative which launched 17 years ago. 

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2016 Report

The electrical contracting industry has continued its excellent safety record with a further improvement in the reportable accident rate, contributing to a remarkable trend of continual improvement over the last 15 years (see graph).

The 2016 JIB ‘Survey of Accidents’ report, based on statistics gathered by JIB and ECA members, shows that the 2016 accident incidence rate (AIR) for RIDDOR-reportable accidents is only 14% of what it was in 2001.

Once again, there were no reported fatalities in the survey, which showed an industry AIR of 216.38 per 100,000 operatives, which compares to the 2001 figure of 1600/100,000. Of the accidents that occurred in 2016, falls were reported as the most prevalent type of serious injury.

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2015 Report

Latest industry figures have shown a dramatic drop in reportable accidents over the last 15 years, strengthening the electrical contracting sector’s reputation for safety in the workplace.

The 2015 Survey of Accidents at Work Report found that the accident incidence rate (AIR) for RIDDOR-reportable accidents is now only 16% of what it was in 2001, and has halved since 2010.

JIB and ECA members submitted data for the survey, which analyses deaths, injuries and over seven-day accidents. Slips, trips and falls and manual handling continue to be the most prevalent types of serious injury, with no fatalities reported.

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