148 deaths as a result of accidents in workplaces across UK last year…
Latest figures made available by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the number of workplace fatalities across the UK has fallen.
Between April of last year and May of this year a total of 148 workers lost their lives as a result of accidents in the workplace, a figure that compares favorably with the total of 172 deaths for the previous recorded year.
There was also positive news on the rate of fatal injury which has dropped to 0.5 for very 100,000 workers which is a small decrease on the previous five-year average of 0.6.
The UK also has an enviable safety record when compared to other countries in Europe, and continues to lead the way in terms of having one of the lowest rates of fatal injury in the workplace among industrial nations across Europe.
The HSE Chairperson, Judith Hackitt, commented on the findings and put the figures in perspective:
“These figures are being published in the same week as the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, and are a reminder to us all of why health and safety is so important. 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.
“HSE is striving to make health and safety simpler and clearer for people to understand so that more people do what is required to manage the real risks that cause death and serious injury.
“We all have a part to play to ensure people come home safe at the end of the working day and good leadership, employee engagement and effective risk-management are key to achieving this.”
The new figures also recorded the number of deaths in specific work sectors with the greatest number (39) coming in the construction sector followed by the agricultural sector with 29 deaths and the waste and recycling industry with 10. However the rate of deaths per 100,000 workers was much higher in both the agricultural (8.8) and waste (8.2) sectors compared with the construction industry (1.9), meaning those sectors pose a higher risk to workers.
Author: Julian Roberts
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