HSE release annual workplace fatality figures

The Health and Safety Executive has released its annual work-related fatality report for 2018/19.

The provisional annual data shows that there were 147 occurrences of work-related fatal injuries between April 2018 and March 2019.

Despite a long term reduction in the number of fatalities since 1981, these figures represent an increase of six incidents compared to the same period in 2017/18.

The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be workers falling from height (40), being struck by a moving vehicle (30) or being struck by a moving object (16).

These three types of accident accounted for nearly 60 per cent of fatal injuries in 2018/19.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and construction sectors continue to account for the largest share of fatal injuries to workers, increasing from 30 to 32 during 2018/19.

These industries alongside waste and recycling were also found to provide the highest risk of fatal injury.

The new figures also continued to highlight the risks to older workers; 25 per cent of fatal injuries in 2018/19 were to workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers account for around 10 per cent of the workforce.

It is not just workers who have been involved in fatal accidents. The data revealed that 92 members of the public were fatality injured in incidents connected to work.

At Hethertons we appreciate that good health and safety provisions not only make good financial sense and avoid criminal prosecution, they also avoid prevent life changing events to your employees, their families and the public.

To ensure your business is compliant and avoid a financial penalty, contact our health and safety consultant, Mark Dalton, today.