The Health and Safety Executive has published a preliminary release of the data for work-related fatal accidents in workplaces across Great Britain. The figures reported show a small change from previous year and continues to sustain a trend which has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve in the last twenty years.
The data has been collated by the HSE and has shown the provisionally the rate of fatal injuries to workers in their workplaces from April 2014 to March 2015 was 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers and this equalled 142 workers in total in the period. This compares with an all-time low in 2013/14 which was 136 individuals, a rate of 0.45 fatalities per 100,000 workers.
The HSE has highlighted that this low rate is a further demonstration and proof of the fact that the UK is one of the safest places to work in the whole of Europe as this equates as one of the lowest fatal injuries to workers’ rates in the whole of the economic region, especially considering we are a leading industrial nation.
Of course, the news is not all positive as there has been a slight increase in the number of fatalities and therefore the rate of fatalities this year but it is a tiny percentage and hopefully something which isn’t indicative of a change in the downward trend. The HSE has also highlighted how every fatality is of course significant as it effects a family, a workplace and even a community and they remain committed to preventing loss of life in the workplace in all the ways the possibly can: through regular site checks, legislation, awareness events and more.
Construction and Agricultural Workers remain at Higher Risk
A closer look at the provisional figures continues to show that construction and agriculture are amongst the most at risk at work. The new figures found that 35 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded in the set period which works out as a rate of 1.62 deaths per 100,000 workers and is a decrease from the 44 fatalities recorded in 2013/14. They also found that 33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded which is an increase from 33 in 2013/14 and equates to 9.12 deaths per 100,000 workers.
The statistics have been published and also include a breakdown by country and region and this shows further differentiation. It sheds light on the areas where perhaps the HSE need to carry out more checks, audits and pay closer attention to the companies in this area and their adherence to health and safety legislation.
Workplace accidents and injuries can be life changing and of course in this case we’re looking at fatal accidents so the cost of human life couldn’t be higher and knowing the figures is a starting point for the governing bodies and enforcement agencies to take the right numbers to decrease these figures as much as possible.