The HSE has recently published its provisional annual figures for the number of work-related deaths for the period April 2018 to March 2019. These HSE fatality figures show a rise in the number of work-related deaths from the previous year.
In the period between April 2018 to March 2019 a total of 147 workers died from work-related injuries which is 6 more deaths than in 2017/2018.
139 (95%) of the 147 worker fatalities were male workers which is a similar number to previous years. Also over 25% of the fatal injuries were to self-employed workers.
Breakdown of the HSE Fatality Figures
The 3 industries with the highest number of fatal injuries were:
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing – 32 fatalities
- Construction – 30 fatalities
- Manufacturing – 26 fatalities
The most common type of work-related fatalities were due to one of the 5 causes below:
- Falls from height – 40 fatalities
- Struck by a moving vehicle – 30 fatalities
- Struck by moving object – 16 fatalities
- Contact with moving machinery – 14 fatalities
- Trapped by something overturning or collapsing – 11 fatalities
The other fatal injuries are made up of a range of different accident types which include:
- Injured by an animal – 8 fatalities
- Drowning or asphyxiation – 5 fatalities
- Exposed to explosion – 5 fatalities
- Contact with electricity – 4 fatalities
The HSE statistics also revealed that 25% of the fatalities in 2018/2019 were to workers aged 60 years old or over even though this age group only makes up 10% of the workforce.
Also in this period 92 members of the public were killed in work-related incidents. 32 of these deaths occurred on railways and 23 deaths in the health and social work sector.
The shocking HSE fatality figures above demonstrates the importance of ensuring that appropriate measures for example effective risk assessments are in place in every business to protect the health and safety of workers and anyone else who can be affected by work-related incidents such as members of the public.
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