HSE Publishes Fatal Injuries at Work Statistics for 2013/2014
The Health and Safety Executive have published the latest provisional “full year” figures for fatal injuries in the workplace for 2013 / 2014.
The provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured is 133. This is 19% lower than the average for the past 5 years of 164.
The final figure for 2012/2103 was 150 fatalities, meaning there have been 17 less tragic deaths of people in the workplace this year compared to last.
The figures also provide information in different sectors of industry and show:
- There were 27 fatal injuries to workers in agriculture, compared to the average of 33 for the previous five years. The rate of fatal injury in 2013/14 is 8.77, compared to the five-year average rate of 9.89.
- In mining and quarrying three workers were killed, compared to an average of five deaths for the previous five years.
- There were 14 fatal injuries to workers in manufacturing, lower than the five-year average (26). The latest rate of fatal injury is 0.49, compared to an average rate of 0.91 over the previous five years.
- There were four fatal injuries to workers in waste and recycling, lower than the five-year average (7) but subject to considerable yearly fluctuations. The latest rate is 3.33 deaths per 100 000 compared to the five-year average of 5.48.
- There were 42 fatal injuries to workers in construction, 9% lower than the average figure of 46. The latest rate of fatal injury is 1.98 per 100 000 workers, compared to a five-year average of 2.07.
- There were 41 fatal injuries to workers in services, 11% lower than the average for the past five years (46). The latest rate of 0.17 deaths compares to the average five-year average rate of 0.20.
- Perhaps a more shocking figure is that there were 264 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2013/14
Philip Edwards, a Partner with Clarke Willmott, who specialises in claims for people seriously injured or bereaved following accidents at work said:-
“The apparent downward trend of fatal work accidents is obviously good news, but now is not the time for complacency, and the provision of adequate safety precautions and planning must remain of the highest priority. I see all too regularly the devastating consequences of serious injury or the tragic loss of a loved one through accidents at work. The effect on individuals and families is truly beyond words, and the really upsetting part of it is that in most cases these accidents could have been avoided, and very often would have been prevented with better planning or even the most simple and inexpensive changes to systems and equipment. One death at work is one too many, and although the figures look encouraging, given the numbers involved they cannot yet demonstrate as a matter of statistics that the rate of fatalities at work is in fact falling. I know responsible businesses around the UK will continue to have the health and safety of their employees as their number one priority, and rightly so, but the culture for every business must be protecting their workforce, and ensuring no family has to deal with the consequences of such dreadful incidents”
The full report is available here.
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