The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual fatal accident at work figures for 2018/19.
147 workers were killed, almost 3 per week.
95% (139) were male workers.
32 were killed in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector and there were 30 in the construction sector. The report, a link to which is here
, found that agriculture, forestry and fishing, together with waste and recycling were the worst affected sectors.
The report demonstrates which are the most common causes of fatal injuries:
- Falls from height (40)
- Being struck by a moving vehicle (30); and
- Being struck by a moving object (16)
Workers aged 60 or over accounted for 25% of deaths in 2018/19 and yet that age group accounts for only 10% of our actual workforce. 92 members of the public were killed in incidents connected to work, approximately a third of which took place on railways.
Mesothelioma, an incurable disease caused by historical exposure to asbestos, remains a killer of thousands every year; 2,523 in 2017.
The Chair of the HSE Martin Temple said this:
“These statistics also remind us that, in certain sectors of the economy, workplace death remain worryingly high. Agriculture, forestry and fishing accounts for a small fraction of the workforce of Great Britain, yet accounted for over 20 per cent of worker fatalities in the last year. This is unacceptable and more must be done to prevent such fatalities taking place. 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.”
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