HSE publishes fatal injury statistics

Posted: 18th July 2012

constructionThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published provisional fatal injury statistics for Britain for the year April 2011 to March 2012.

The total number of workers fatally injured remains largely unchanged, with 173 workers killed compared with 175 workers in 2010/2011. These figures compare with an all time low of 147 deaths in the year 2009/2010. The rate of fatal injury remains 0.6 per 100,000 workers.

The figures record the number of fatal injuries in several of the key industrial sectors:

  • There were 49 fatal injuries to construction workers compared with 50 in the previous year. The average number of deaths in the past five years is 59;
  • There were 33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers, compared with 30 fatalities recorded in the previous year. The average number of deaths in the past five years is 35; and
  • Five fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers were recorded – a decrease from the nine deaths recorded in 2010/2011. The average number of fatalities in the past five years is six.

Judith Hackitt, the HSE Chair, said, “Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal injuries in Europe, part of a long term downward trend.

“But we must not forget that these are lives cut short, not statistics - every single one of these deaths will have caused terrible grief and anguish for family and friends as well as workmates and colleagues. This is the real tragedy of health and safety failures - lives cut short and loved ones lost.

“We want employers to focus on the real risks that continue to cause death and serious injury. HSE is working very hard to make it easier for people to understand what they need to do and to focus on the real priorities. Protecting people from death and serious injury at work should be at the heart of what we all do.”

These figures are provisional. They will be finalised in July 2013 following any necessary adjustments arising from further investigations and coroners’ rulings.