HSE have released the annual workplace fatality figures for April 2019 to March 2020, a total of 111 deaths. Overall, the lowest year on record, a reduction of 38 deaths from the previous year. The pandemic of Co-Vid for the last two months of the year perhaps should be considered.
HSE have stated CoVid occupational health deaths will be recorded and reported separately in the future.
A closer examination highlights the following:
- 40 fatalities in the Construction Sector
- 20 fatalities in the Agricultural/Forestry/Fishing Sectors (low employment numbers in this sector)
- 5 fatalities in the Waste Recycling Sector (continuing high rate when number of employees are considered)
- 51 members of the public killed due to work connected accidents. A further 41 occurred on railways (separately enforced and reported by Road and Rail enforcement)
- 27% of fatal injuries occurring to workers over the age of 60
The most common injury causes were:
- Falls from Height 29
- Struck by Moving Vehicle 20
- Struck by Moving Object 18
A separate section of the report considers Mesothelioma (contracted through past exposure to asbestos) which indicates 2,446 death in the UK in 2018.
As HSE mentioned in the report:
“Work-related deaths fracture families, they shatter communities and so many of them can be avoided”