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HSE Releases Annual Workplace Fatalities Data for 2018/2019

10 September 2019
The provisional annual data for workplace fatalities has been released showing that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019. This year's figures saw an increase of 6 work place fatalities from the previous year.

The new figures demonstrate how fatal injuries are spread across the different industrial sectors. Forestry and fishing, agriculture and the construction sectors continue to account for the largest share of fatalities at the workplace to employees. 

The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be:

  • Workers falling from height (40)
  • Being struck by a moving vehicle (30)
  • Being struck by a moving object (16)

These account for almost 60% of workplace fatalities in 2018/19.

The new figures continued to highlight the risks to older workers: 25% of fatal injuries in 2018/19 were to workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers made up only around 10% of the workforce. In addition, there were also 92 members of the public fatally injured in incidents connected to the workplace in 2018/19, approximately a third of which took place on railways. 

A full assessment of work related ill health and injuries, from HSE's full range of data sources, will be provided at a later date this year as part of the annual Health and Safety Statistics. 

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