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HSE Statistics for annual workplace fatality figures

Posted on August 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19, as well as the number of people known to have died from mesothelioma in 2017.

The data in the report revealed that there were 147 fatalities recorded between April 2018 and March 2019. In comparison to the statistics from 2017/18, there has been an increase of 6 workplace fatalities in 2018/19, however the HSE states that the number of fatalities have remained level in recent years.

The report looks into the sectors that account for the largest share of fatal injuries. It shows that agriculture, forestry and fishing accounted for 32 deaths and shows that the construction industry accounted for 30 deaths in 2018/19.

In addition to this, the report also indicates the sectors where the risk of fatal injury is the greatest. This included the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector, being 18 times higher than the average across all industries, and the waste and recycling sectors being 17 times higher than the average across all industries.

The report highlighted the three most common causes of fatal injuries, which continue to be:

  • falls from height (40);
  • being struck by a moving vehicle (30); and
  • being struck by a moving object (16).

These common injuries account for nearly 60% of fatal injuries in 2018/19.

New figures in the report, highlight the risks to older workers, as 25% of fatal injuries in 2018/19 were those aged 60 or over, despite them only making up 10% of the total workforce.

Furthermore, the report provides information on mesothelioma, which is contracted through past exposure to asbestos. It is one of the few work-related diseases where deaths can be counted directly and accounted for 2,523 deaths in Great Britain in 2017. The HSE state that current figures are largely a consequence of occupational asbestos exposures that occurred before 1980. It is expected that annual deaths are expected to remain at current levels for the rest of the decade before there is a decline.

More information on the report can be found here.

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