New Health & Safety Executive figures – deaths at work

August 21, 2012 11:59 am Published by

The Health & Safety Executive have released new figures about deaths at work. They are still surprisingly high….

The HSE new statistics for fatal injuries in the workplace are for  the time period from April 2011 to March 2012.

The figures show that the rate of deaths among workers in the UK are almost identical to the rate from the previous year. A total of 173 workers were killed in the UK according to the HSE’s current report, this figure is just two below the number of workers who died last year. The rate of fatal injuries is exactly the same as last year and stands at 0.6 per 100,000 workers.

The chairperson of the HSE, Judith Hackett commented on the latest figures:

“Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal injuries in Europe, part of a long term downward trend.

“But we must not forget that these are lives cut short, not statistics – every single one of these deaths will have caused terrible grief and anguish for family and friends as well as workmates and colleagues. This is the real tragedy of health and safety failures – lives cut short and loved ones lost.

“We want employers to focus on the real risks that continue to cause death and serious injury. HSE is working very hard to make it easier for people to understand what they need to do and to focus on the real priorities. Protecting people from death and serious injury at work should be at the heart of what we all do.”

The figures show that the largest number of fatalities occurred in the construction sector with a total of 49 deaths while the agricultural sector had the highest rate of deaths per 100,000 workers. Across the UK, England suffered the most workplace fatalities with 130 deaths but Wales recorded the highest rate of deaths per 100,000 workers at a rate of 1.4.


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