This month HSE has published its annual figures for workplace deaths for the year to March 2019 (see http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/fatalinjuries.pdf). Although the number of workplace deaths has remained level in recent years, this year saw 147 deaths, an increase of 6 on the previous year. The figure includes fatal injuries to workers and to members of the public.
The report reveals that workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing and workers in waste and recycling have fatal accident rates that are 18 times and 17 times respectively higher than the fatal accident rate across all industries, while the fatal accident rate for construction is around four times higher.
The three most common causes of fatal accidents continue to be: falls from height (40), being struck by a moving vehicle (30) and being struck by a moving, including flying or falling, object (16).
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