The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released their latest quarterly fatal injury figures for 2017/18, which showed that 144 workers were killed during this period, reportable under RIDDOR.
Looking into the industries covered within the report, workers within the construction industry sustained the highest percentage of fatal injuries, at 35% of all fatal injuries that were recorded. The category, other, followed next at 35%, with agriculture taking 29% of all fatal injuries. Transport and storage holds one of the smaller shares of all fatal injuries, at just 15%.
As we’ve seen heavily within the press over the last 12 month, there is still a huge amount of accidents occurring throughout the industry involving falls from a height, which is mirrored by this report highlighting 35% of the main types of fatal accidents involving workers came as a result of a fall from a height. In addition, there has been a surge of recorded incidents in the press relating to workers being struck by moving LGVs and lift trucks. This report shows that 26% of fatal accidents were caused by a worker being struck by a moving vehicle, with 23% of fatal accidents occurring as a result of a worker being struck by a moving object.
In addition, 100 members of the public were recorded as dying as a result of a work related activity.
Incidents on the decline?
Although the above figures show that there is still much to be done in order to further reduce fatal incidents throughout various industries, the report shoes that the rate of fatal injuries per 100,000 workers has remained low, compared to reports from the 2012/13 period. Since 2012/13, figures have remained broadly flat, but this is a figure that can certainly improve.
It’s important to note that some deaths are excluded from this report, as they fall under different legislations. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fatal accidents involving workers travelling on a public highway, i.e. a road traffic incident. Exclusions here also include pedestrians killed during commuting.
- Fatal accidents involving individuals travelling by air or sea.
- Fatal injuries as a result of natural causes, e.g. strokes or heart attacks
- Accidents including members of armed forces
- Patient and service user deaths (as of April 2015).
View and download the latest report via the HSE’s website here.