Numbers THE numbers of work accidents have tended to fluctuate and those in 1962 (190,158), although an increase on 1958 (167,697), compared reasonably with 1948 when 201,086 persons were injured, but not so favourably with 1938 (180,103). Thus after over twenty years of the most intensive efforts to make industry safety-conscious the results were hardly encouraging. On the other hand, during the war years accidents increased greatly owing to war conditions, and the numbers in employment during and after the war were much larger, making the post-war difficulties considerable, both in offsetting the poorer safety traditions of the war years, and in ensuring that accidents did not rise with the numbers employed.