Statistics tell a grim story - British Safety Council
The British Safety Council has expressed concern over the worker fatality statistics for 2011/12, as published by the Health and Safety Executive. This concern is due to the fact that the reduction in workplace deaths has stalled over the last couple of years.
Also, the number of deaths caused by fatal injury in the last two years has increased from the low figure of 147 deaths in 2009/10, to 175 in 2010/11 and 173 in 2011/12.
Falls from height continues to be one of the most significant causes of fatal injury in the workplace – accounting for over half of the 173 deaths recorded in 2011/12.
The statistics by industry show in agriculture 33 workers died as a result of fatal accidents, in construction 49 workers, and in manufacturing 31 workers.
By area, Scotland and Wales had the highest incidence rate by country and region. The fatal injury incidence rate for Wales is almost five times the rate for London and the South East and over twice the national average. The incidence rate for Scotland too, is significantly higher than the national average
Neal Stone, the Director of Policy and Communications at the British Safety Council, said;
“While the number of deaths in Britain resulting from workplace injury has halved over the last twenty years, it is a serious concern that the reduction in both the number and incidence of deaths has stalled over the last two years.
”The fatal injuries that occurred in 2011/12 are a tragedy and a stark reminder that the health and safety regulatory framework is a fundamental protection to help keep workers healthy and safe. We must remember those 173 workers and the families and friends they left behind.
“Nor should we forget the thousands of other people who died in 2011/12 as a result of work-related diseases and work-related road traffic accidents. We must better understand the causes of these deaths and why they were not prevented. We owe that to future generations of workers.”