The HSE published their annual statistics report for Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain 2018, last week.
144 workers were sadly killed in Great Britain in 2017/18 (RIDDOR), an increase of 9 fatalities from 2016/17. A further 100 members of the public were also sadly killed in accidents connected to work.
The construction sector accounted for the largest proportion, with 38 fatal injuries occurring, up from a record low of 30 in the previous 12 months. Agriculture accounted for 29 fatalities followed by Manufacturing with 15.
Despite the increase this year on last year, the HSE have reported that the number of fatal injuries for each of the main industry sectors in statistical terms has broadly flattened in recent years.
Andrew Regel, Health, Safety and Environmental Training Technical Lead at Alcumus stated “When looking at the injuries by accident kind, once again falls from height has been the main cause, raising the question of why industries are still failing to learn from past mistakes. When work at height takes place it’s vital that staff are properly trained and provided with the right kit. It’s no exaggeration to say that providing suitable fall-arrest systems or replacing missing guard rails, could be the difference between life and death. Such fundamental health and safety principles must be applied with rigor otherwise standards will inevitably drop, placing more lives at risk.”
For more information you can visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/fatalinjuries.pdf