The data has shown that there has been two less deaths this year, down to 173 works suffering from fatal injuries at work, meaning that the fatality rate is the same at 0.6 per 100,000 workers.
Overall fatality rates in England have decreased, with 130 fatal injuries reported. That makes the fatality rate 0.5 per 100,000 workers, compared to 0.6 per 100,000 workers the previous year.
In Scotland and Wales, fatality rates have increased. Scotland has a fatality rate of 0.8 per 100,000 deaths with 20 fatal accidents, compared to last years rate of 0.5 with 14 deaths recorded. 18 fatal injuries were recorded in Wales, resulting in a rate of 1.4 deaths per 100,000 workers – an increase on last year’s rate of 0.8 fatalities per 100,000 workers, with 11 deaths occurring in 2010/2011.
Agriculture Still Claims Highest Fatality Rate
According to the report, some of the most dangerous jobs include agricultural work, recycling and waste work, and construction work. With 33 fatal injuries recorded, the fatality rate of agricultural workers is 9.7 deaths per 100,000. This is an increase on 2010/2011 with a fatality rate of 8.4 per 100,000 workers, with 30 deaths recorded. The rate of fatal injuries to recycling and waste workers is down from 2010/2011, with the rate falling from 8.4 to 4.1 per 100,000 workers, with a total of five fatal injuries recorded this year. The fatality rate of construction workers has stayed the same at 2.3 deaths per 100,000 workers, however 49 fatal incidents have been recorded. That’s one less than in 2010/2011.
Judith Hackitt, the HSE chair, commented:
“Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal injuries in Europe, part of a long term downward trend. But we must not forget that these are lives cut short, not statistics – every single one of these deaths will have caused terrible grief and anguish for family and friends as well as workmates and colleagues. This is the real tragedy of health and safety failures – lives cut short and loved ones lost. We want employers to focus on the real risks that continue to cause death and serious injury. Protecting people from death and serious injury at work should be at the heart of what we all do.”
Richard Evens, commercial training director, at St John Ambulance, stated:
“It is encouraging to see that the number of workplace deaths in the UK has not risen this year, but we are disappointed that the figure has not reduced to 2009/10 levels – a record low – or further. Cutting these figures over the past few years, has been a focus for UK Health and Safety, which is why after an increase last year it is disappointing to see that they remain at a similar level. But 173 deaths is still too many and we hope to see this number come down further over the year ahead. If UK employers are to reduce the number of tragic workplace incidents, it is essential that they have good health and safety processes in place including provide basic first aid training to their staff. These essential skills should be taken more seriously as they genuinely can save lives.