Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain just released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that 142 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2014 and March 2015 (a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers). This is a small increase on the previous year.
Although the statistics indicate that the UK remains one of the safest places to work in Europe HSE’s chair points out that every death is a tragedy. Judith Hackitt said: “It is disappointing last year’s performance on fatal injuries has not been matched, but the trend continues to be one of improvement. Our systems and our framework remain strong as demonstrated by our performance in comparison to other countries.
“Every fatality is a tragic event and our commitment to preventing loss of life in the workplace remains unaltered. All workplace fatalities drive HSE to develop even more effective interventions to reduce death, injury and ill health.”
The new data reports the rate of fatal injuries in several key industrial sectors:
35 fatal injuries to construction workers – a rate of 1.62 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to an average of 45 deaths in the past five years and a decrease from the 44 deaths recorded in 2013/14.
33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers– a rate 9.12 deaths per 100,000 workers, equalling the average of 33 deaths in the past five years and an increase from the 27 deaths recorded in 2013/14.
In waste and recycling 5 fatal injuries to workers were recorded – a rate of 4.31 deaths per 100,000 workers. The average in the past five years has been of 6 six deaths.
The Executive has also released the latest figures on deaths from asbestos-related cancer. Mesothelioma, one of the few work related diseases where deaths can be counted directly, contracted through past exposure to asbestos killed 2,538 in Great Britain in 2013 compared to 2,548 in 2012.
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