The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released the annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18. This data shows that between April 2017 and March 2018, 144 workers were fatally injured at work. This works out at a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers and is an increase of nine fatalities against the 2016/17 figures.
38 fatal injuries were recorded in the construction industry, where the annual average rate is around four times as high as the all industry rate.
The three most common causes of fatal injuries are still due to; workers falling from height (35 deaths), being struck by a moving vehicle (26 deaths) and being struck by a moving object (23 deaths), accounting for nearly 60% of work related fatal injuries.
These figures also highlight the risks to workers aged 60 years or older as they account for 40% of these fatal injuries, even though these workers only make up 10% of the workforce.
In addition to these work related fatal injuries there were also 100 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work. Click here to view the full HSE statistics.
Chris Ivey; Health and Safety Consultant Director at THSP comments, “I couldn’t be less interested in numbers, ultimately it is another 144 families whose lives have been devastated and 144 lives where their potential has been unfulfilled. This reminds me that the job is not done – especially when you add to those 144 deaths to the 1,000’s of people whose lives are shortened due to occupational illness.”
THSP are passionate about working with the construction industry and will not be happy until this figure is down to 0. Everyone who goes to work has the right to get home safely. If you think that your site could be safer and need some guidance give us a call on 03456 122 144 for a confidential chat.