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Increase in workplace fatalities

BY Thomas Elliott
Health & Safety
BG Orange

Provisional figures released by the HSE show an increase of 16% in workplace fatalities, with a total of 171 for 2010/11. 

Despite this figure being up from the record low of 147 fatalities in 2009/10, HSE chair Judith Hackitt admitted that the increase was fairly “disappointing”. However she was keen to state that Britain still has one of the lowest rates of fatal injury anywhere in Europe.  

IOSH said that as the economic climate recovers and industry gets back to normal, it is essential that inspection levels are maintained, awareness of H&S is increased and that sufficient advice and information is readily accessible. 

The publication of the provisional figures emphasises the disastrous consequences of health and safety management failings.  Had effective management systems been in place and managed effectively, it is quite plausible that the 171 employees who were unfortunately killed may still be alive and returning to their families after their working day.  

Help is available from Law At Work to manage your Health and Safety obligations. 

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