New HSE workplace fatality statistics

Two men in a warehouse, one of whom has had an accident

According to the annual Health and Safety Executive (HSE) workplace fatality statistics report, fatality rates are slightly increasing.

The report found that there were 144 workplace fatalities in 2015/16 (which equates to a fatal injury rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers), compared with 142 fatalities in 2014/15.

The sectors where the fatalities occurred include: 

  • agriculture
  • mining and quarrying
  • manufacturing
  • waste and recycling
  • construction and services. 

67 members of the public were fatally injured in workplace-related accidents in 2015/16, excluding incidents relating to railways and those enforced by the Care Quality Commission.

On a more positive note, the 2015/16 workplace fatality rate is seven per cent lower than the average for the past five years, and there has been a downward trend in fatal injury rate over the past 20 years; although in recent years, this shows signs of levelling off.

Although fatal injuries at work are rare, it's essential that you and your team have the skills and confidence to act in an emergency.

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* The figures for 2015/16 are provisional, covering the twelve months 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

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