Fatal injuries fall in Britain
Published: 05 Jul 2012
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released official statistics which show a slight decrease in the number of workers fatally injured in Britain last year.
The provisional data for April 2011 to March 2012 shows 173 workers were killed - down 2 from the previous year. These figures will be finalised in July 2013 following any necessary adjustments arising from investigations.
Judith Hackitt, the HSE Chair, said: "Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal injuries in Europe, part of a long term downward trend.
But we must not forget that these are lives cut short, not statistics - every single one of these deaths will have caused terrible grief and anguish for family and friends as well as workmates and colleagues. This is the real tragedy of health and safety failures - lives cut short and loved ones lost."
Figures published show the number of workers fatally injured in the key industrial sectors:
- 49 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded - a decrease from the 50 deaths recorded in 2010/11;
- 33 fatal injuries to agriculture workers were recorded - compared to an average of 35 deaths in the past five years and an increase from the 30 deaths recorded in 2010/11;
- five fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers were recorded - compared to an average of six deaths in the past five years and a decrease from the nine deaths recorded in 2010/11.
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