A summary of the statistics on fatal injuries in the workplace for 2014/15 (Health & Safety Executive) show an increase of workers fatally injured to 142, an increase from an all-time low of 136 in 2013/14. These figures published at the end of June are provisional and will be finalised in July 2016.
Reporting on the main industry sectors, the figures show:
- Fatalities in the construction sector decreased to 35 from 44 in 2013/14.
- The services sector showed an increase to 51 fatalities, a 21% increase compared with the five year average of 42.
- The manufacturing sector saw 16 workers were killed, a 33% decrease on the five year average of 24. Waste and recycling saw five deaths last year, down one from 2013–14. The fatal injury rate of 4.31 was substantially lower than the five year average of 5.19.
- There were five fatal injuries to workers in waste and recycling, compared to the five-year average of 6.
- The agricultural sector revealed 33 fatal injuries to workers, the same as the five year average (33).
- 123 members of the public were fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2014/15. Of these deaths, 21 (17%) related to incidents occurring on railways.
The statistics also include the latest count of the number deaths from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma. There were 2538 mesothelioma deaths in 2013, down slightly from 2548 in 2012.
This document is available from www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/