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HSE Annual Workplace Fatality Figures

BY Matthew Ramsey
Health & Safety

We always find it so hard to report on people who simply went to work and lost their lives. However, the sharing of useful information may help all of us to reduce future fatalities. The key headlines from this year’s report:

  • 147 fatalities;

  • Construction fatalities the lowest on record;

  • 25% of fatal injuries in 2018/19 were to workers aged 60 and over;

  • Over a quarter were self-employed working in agriculture, forestry, fishing, construction, manufacturing, administrative and support service activities;

  • Focussing in on Scotland, the national average over the last five years is 19. 29 as reported is quite a spike;

  • European average is 1.23 per 100,000 employees and UK sits at 0.53, one of the lowest in Europe (based on 2016 figures);

  • Since 1981, when fatality reporting to more than just employees became a duty, the national annual average of fatalities was 142, this year it was 147;

  • A total of 92 members of the public were killed in 2018/19 as a result of a work-connected accidents (excludes railways and health/social care). National average measured since 2008 is 40.


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