PASMA demands that the HSE Provisional Workplace Fatality Figures for 2011/12 be more forensic
The trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, PASMA, has commented on the HSE’s provisional fatal injury statistics for 2011/12. The association says that, although these statistics are important, they need to also identify the cause of these fatalities.
The statistics provided by HSE show a modest reduction in the amount of workplace fatalities this year; recording 173 instead of the 175 for 2010/11. This year’s figure is the equivalent of a rate of fatal injury of 0.6 deaths per 100 000 workers. Looking at results over a number of years - the 173 worker deaths in 2011/12 is also twelve per cent lower than the average for the past five years, of 196.
However PASMA, that’s committed to advancing safety and best practice in the work at height sector, says that these statistics do nothing to show the cause of these fatalities. The organisation argues that more in depth information plays a fundamental part in shaping future outcomes - allowing those organisations responsible for promoting safety, to concentrate on what matters most.
This kind of information PASMA insists, is what’s necessary in order to help target information and initiatives at the areas in most need of it. The reasons for injury fall into specific categories and tend to be associated with different levels of severity - with little annual change in the proportions of each kind.
Examples of the causes of injury to be reported are;
- Handling injuries (the most commonly reported type of accident)
- Slips, trips and falls
- Accidents involving electricity (accounting for one on eight fatalities)
- Being struck by vehicles, falling objects, or falling from height
Neil Tomlinson, PASMA’s head of marketing and communications says;
“Only in this way will we be able to prioritise, direct and take the action necessary to influence the figures and be able to demonstrably show progress on significantly reducing accident statistics. Not only in the UK, but ultimately internationally.”