The Health and Safety Executive have recently issued a report summarising the details of workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain for 2019 to 2020
The headline figure shows that during 2019 and up to March 2020 a total of 111 people have died carrying out work related duties, this is a decrease of 38 from the previous year.
Unfortunately the construction industry had the highest number of fatalities with a total of 40 deaths for the period. However when looking at the fatal injury rate in terms of the number of fatalities per 100,000 workers then agriculture, forestry and fishing along with the waste and recycling industry come out worse than construction.
The largest amount of fatalities were due to falls from height with 29 fatalities recorded. Being struck by a moving vehicle came in second with 20 fatalities.
As with previous reports the figures do not include deaths related to occupational diseases and therefore do not represent any deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The HSE have advised that separate data will be released specific to COVID-19 at a later date.
You can view the full report here.
Any loss of life is tragic but Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work. However, the figures show that there are still areas that can be improved and show the importance of managing health and safety appropriately.
If you are in the construction industry and you need help with your health and safety give Hewitt&Carr Services a call today.
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