The HSE has compiled and released their provisional annual report regarding fatal accidents in the workplace, highlighting which industries are the most dangerous for its workers.
Figures in a provisional annual report compiled by the HSE shows that between April 2014 and March 2015, 142 employees died in accidents at work. This is an increase from the previous year’s figure of 136-an all-time low. These numbers represent a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers. This is one of the lowest fatality rates among workers in many of the leading industrial nations.
Agriculture, recycling and construction all were among the most dangerous jobs for their workers Agriculture had the highest rate of 9.12 fatalities per 100,000 workers, and the number of fatal accidents last year increased from 27 to 33. The recycling industry had a rate of 4.31 fatalities per 100,000, with a total of five deaths last year. The latest figures show that in the construction industry, the total number of deaths fell from 44 to 35 between 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
Judith Hackett commented on the report, stating that “It is disappointing last year’s performance on fatal injuries has not been matched, but the trend continues to be one of improvement. Our systems and our framework remain strong as demonstrated by our performance in comparison to other countries. Every fatality is a tragic event and our commitment to preventing loss of life in the workplace remains unaltered. All workplace fatalities drive HSE to develop even more effective interventions to reduce death, injury and ill health”.
Also included in the report was figures for deaths due to mesothelioma cancer. The cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos, and is one of the only diseases that is due to working conditions that can be recorded. In 2013, 2,538 deaths were attributable to such exposure-a slight decrease from 2,548 deaths in 2012.