Annual workplace fatality statistics published

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01 September, 2016

Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in the workplace has been released this month.

The long term trend has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years. However, provisional figures indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 - up from 142 in 2014/5.

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

  • Forty three workers died in construction, the same as the average for the previous five years.
  • In manufacturing there were 27 deaths (compared to five-year average 22), but this figure includes three incidents that resulted in a total of eight deaths.
  • There were six fatal injuries to workers in waste and recycling, compared to the five-year average of seven, but subject to considerable yearly fluctuation.

The HSE has also released the latest available figures on deaths from asbestos-related cancer. Mesothelioma, one of the few work related diseases where deaths can be counted directly, contracted through past exposure to asbestos killed 2,515 in 2014 compared to 2,556 in 2013.

A more detailed assessment of the data will be provided by the HSE as part of the annual Health and Safety Statistics released early in November.

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