Workplace fatality figures still not good enough, says Hackitt
“Although the number of people killed at work has dropped significantly, last year 148 people failed to return home to their loved ones”, commented HSE chair Judith Hackitt in light of the publication of official figures detailing the number of deaths in the workplace.
Provisional data released by the HSE reveals that 148 workers were fatally injured between April 2012 and March 2013, compared with 172 in the previous year. The overall rate of fatal injury has dropped to 0.5 per 100,000 workers, below the five-year average of 0.6.
Although Britain has had one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers in leading industrial nations in Europe consistently for the last eight years, Hackitt insisted that there was still much work to be done. She continued: "The fact that Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatalities in Europe will be of little consolation to those who lose family members, friends and work colleagues.
"HSE is striving to make health and safety simpler and clearer for people to understand so that more people do what is required to manage the real risks that cause death and serious injury.
"We all have a part to play to ensure people come home safe at the end of the working day and good leadership, employee engagement and effective risk-management are key to achieving this."
The new figures also show the rate of fatal injuries in several key industrial sectors, with construction maintaining the dubious accolade of being the most dangerous industry in Britain. In total 39 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded, 29 fatal injuries to agricultural workers and 10 fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers.