Fatal Injuries in the Workplace Down
Provisional figures released by the Health and Safety Executive today show that the number of fatalities in the workplace fell during the period from April 2012 to March 2013. During that time there were 148 fatal accidents compared to 172 in the previous 12 months. Agriculture had the worst record with 29 fatalities recorded, a rate of 8.8 deaths per 100,000 workers.
Commenting on the figures Judith Hackitt, the HSE Chair, said: “These figures are being published in the same week as the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, and are a reminder to us all of why health and safety is so important.” Britain continues to have one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers amongst the leading industrial nations in Europe. Despite the drop in numbers Ms Hackitt was quick to point out that there is still no room for complacency, “The fact that Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatalities in Europe will be of little consolation to those who lose family members, friends and work colleagues.” she said, adding, “We all have a part to play to ensure people come home safe at the end of the working day and good leadership, employee engagement and effective risk-management are key to achieving this.” The figures will not be finalised until July 2014 and will be adjusted as a result of ongoing investigations if necessary.