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Workplace Fatalities Drop 85% in 40 Years

July 29, 2014
Health and Safety

hard hatsHealth and Safety may receive plenty of negative media coverage, but figures released by the Health and Safety Executive demonstrate that over the past 40 years workplace fatalities have dropped by 85%.

During 1974, when the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act was introduced (reflecting the recommendations of the Robens Report two years earlier), more than 650 people lost their lives at work. Last year the number of fatalities was down to an all-time low of 133. Injuries at work have also shown a dramatic fall, from 336,701 in 1974 to 78,222 in 2013.

 Minister of State for Health and Safety Mark Harper said, “Britain has come an incredibly long way over the past forty years in protecting its workforce. Our workplace safety record is now the envy of the world, with businesses and governments queuing up to tap into our expertise. Any death at work is a death too many. But few can dispute that the reduction in fatalities and injuries over the past 40 years is a significant step forward.”

As part of their HSWA 40-year celebration, the HSE are asking anyone with observations, reflections or comments on the impact of the act to join an interactive Twitter session @H_S_E on 31st July between 4pm and 7pm.  

You can find out more about the Health and Safety at Work Act at 40 here