HSE Workplace Fatality Figures 2017*

At St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd our focus is on providing the highest quality training for your workplace to ensure that if an incident should occur your workforce has the skills to deal with it effectively.

Unfortunately, there is still a number of injuries and fatalities across different industry sectors each year. Our hope is to reduce these statistics dramatically by encouraging organisations to invest in first aid and health and safety training more than ever before. As a recognised first aid standard setter by the HSE we feel responsible for shining a light on these figures and offering a cost-effective solution via our available services.

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The new figures show the rate of fatal injuries in several key industrial sectors:

rate of fatal injruies by selected main industry group graph

• 30 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded. While this accounts for the largest share, this is the lowest number on record for the sector. However, over the last five years the number has fluctuated, The annual average for the past five years is 39. The annual average rate over the last five years in construction is around four times as high as the all industry rate.
• 27 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded. This sector continues to account for a large share of the annual fatality count. It has the highest rate of fatal injury of all the main industry sectors, around 18 times as high as the all industry rate.
• 14 fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers were recorded. Despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around 15 times as high as the all industry rate.
The fatalities in the waste and recycling sector in 2016/17 include the single incident at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling Ltd in Birmingham on 7 July 2016 which resulted in five deaths.

The new figures also highlight the risks to older workers – around a quarter of fatal injuries in 2016/17 were to workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers made up only around 10% of the workforce.

There were also 92 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2016/17. Almost half of these occurred on railways with the remainder occurring across a number of sectors including public services, entertainment and recreation. A fuller assessment of work related ill-health and injuries, drawing on HSE’s full range of data sources, will be provided as part of the annual Health and Safety Statistics release on 1 November 2017.

*All content taken from HSE website, full site and further information can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/fatalinjuries.pdf

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