Work related fatalities

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Provisional figures on workplace fatalities in Great Britain reveal that 144 people were killed at work during 2015/2016.   This number is marginally higher than last year’s, however fatalities have more than halved over the past 20 years.

Figures show that the fatal injuries in key sectors include:

  • Forty three in construction
  • Twenty seven in agriculture and manufacturing (compared to the 5 year average of 32 and 22 respectively)
  • Six in waste and recycling (compared to 5 year average of 7)
  • There were also 103 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work, 36 of these occurred on railways.

It is however encouraging to see that the figures confirm the UK remains one of the safest places to work in Europe.

The HSE has called on all sectors to learn lessons and to ensure that all workers go home safely from work.

Martin Temple, HSE Chair stated: “Britain has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, but we should always be looking to improve and to prevent incidents that cost lives. This year the HSE travelled the country asking industry representatives, employers, unions, workers and others what they could do to help GB work well.  The response was hugely encouraging and I would like to ask people to deliver on the commitments made, that will help keep Britain’s workers alive.”

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