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Fatal accidents at work HSE statistics 2015/2016

Paul Rossiter
Posted by: Paul Rossiter Managing Director

Figures Show That Employers Can Still Do More To Protect Workers From Injury


The provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured in 2015/16 is 144, and corresponds to a rate of fatal injury of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers.

The HSE statistics cover fatal accidents in workplaces in Great Britain, the primary determinant of inclusion being RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). Work-related deaths excluded from the statistics are mainly of two types: (i) fatal diseases; and (ii) fatal accidents on non-rail transport systems. The figure of 144 worker deaths in 2015/16 is 7% lower than the average for the past five years (155). The latest rate of fatal injury of 0.46 compares to the five-year average rate of 0.52. The finalised figure for 2014/15 is 142 worker fatalities, and corresponds to a rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers.

The HSE reported that over the latest 20-year time period there has been a downward trend in the rate of fatal injury, although in recent years this shows signs of levelling off. There were 67 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2015/16 (excluding incidents relating to railways, and those enforced by the Care Quality Commission). There were 27 fatal injuries to workers in agriculture, lower than the five year average of 32. The rate of fatal injury in 2015/16 is 7.73, compared to the five-year average rate of 9.40.

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