144 people killed in the workplace

144 people killed in the workplace

According to the latest data from the Health and Safety Executive 144 people at were killed at work during the period April 2017 to March 2018.

144 workers were fatally injured as a result of work-related incidents in Great Britain during the 12 months ending March 2018. The construction industry accounts for 38 of these fatalities (26%) while agriculture fatalities totalled 29 (20%). But many industries were impacted with 11 deaths coming from the communication, business services and finance sectors of which seven were in administration and/or support services.

The most common causes include falling from height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving object. These three incidents have accounted for over half of all work related fatalities since at least 2001/02.

Fatal injuries to workers are predominately to male workers. In terms of age, nearly 40% of fatal injuries in 2017/18 were to workers aged 60 and over.

The good news, however, is that despite a slight increase over the previous twelve months, we continue to see long term reductions in the number of workers killed by work activities. The UK consistently has one of the lowest rates of fatal injury across the EU.

For the full report please refer to the Health & Safety Executive website by following this link Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain 2018

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