Work Deaths Down

Figures from the HSE show that deaths in the workplace are down

Fatal injry rate 1993-2013

The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the number of workers fatally wounded in Britain in the last year is down.

Data from the HSE shows that 148 workers were killed between April 2012 and March 2013. In the previous time period that number was 172.

The five year average in the rate of fatal injuries is 0.6 per 1,000 workers and has now dropped to 0.5

Britain’s safety record is one of the best in Europe with the fatality rate being one of the lowest and that figure has remained consistently low for nearly a decade.

Judith Hackitt, Chair of the HSE, said of the latest numbers:

”Although the number of people killed at work has dropped significantly, last year 148 people failed to return home to their loved ones.”

”The fact that Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatalities in Europe will be of little consolation to those who lose family members, friends and work colleagues.”

In detail, the figures show that the construction industry still has more than the average death rate of 0.5 per 1,000 workers at 1.9 – In 2011/2012 there were 48 deaths in the sector whilst in the last period this had fallen to 39.

In agriculture, the number had dropped from 36 in the previous period to 29 fatalities in the last year. The rate is 8.8 per 1,000 workers.

The waste & recycling sector also had a high rate of deaths at work but the figure doubled from 5 in 2011/2012 to 10 in the last recorded year. The rate is 8.2 per 1,000

The British Safety Council welconmed the reduction in workplace fatalities but said that one death is still one too many.

Alex Botha, the British Safety Council’s CEO, added:

“Our vision is that no-one is injured or made ill by work,” says “and every worker killed is unacceptable. Reductions are positive but look more closely and it is clear that more can be done.”

Botha continued:

“The last four years has seen a leveling-off in the rate of fatal injury and this can surely be improved when you look at the predictable causes of deaths; so many falls, being hit by a moving vehicle, caught up in machinery and struck by objects. If we want a growing economy, rising employment and reductions in fatalities then we have to get to grips with the events that lie behind these common causes.”

Further details on the statistics can be seen at http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm

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