HSE releases workplace fatality figures

Figures recently released by the Health and Safety Executive show there were 147 fatal accidents at work in between April 2018 and March 2019.

The leading cause of workplace accident fatalities is a fall from height, and the industry that sees the highest number of deaths through an accident at work is agriculture, forestry and fishing.

There has been a steady decline in the number of incidences of fatal work injury since the early eighties, with the last few years seeing the numbers remain reasonably static.

Chairman of the Health and Safety Executive, Martin Temple said

“despite the UK’s world leading position in health and safety, we cannot become complacent as we seek to fulfil our mission in preventing injury, ill health and death at work.”

He went on to say

“Whatever the sector, we should remember that any change in numbers provides little comfort to the family, friends and colleagues of the 147 whose lives were cut short this year while doing their job.”

These figures do not include deaths resulting from mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos. However, although most incidences are attributed to occupational exposure of the substance, not all cases are workplace related. According to the HSE, there were 2,523 deaths from mesothelioma in 2017 in Great Britain. This figure has remained broadly static over the last five years. It is expected that deaths attributed to mesothelioma will continue to remain at this level for the next decade or so, then we will start to see a decline in cases.

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