HSE Annual Statistics 2019/20

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last month released its figure for the working year April 2019 to March 2020.

111 deaths occurred in workplaces to workers within the United Kingdom (RIDDOR). Down 38 from 149 in 2018/19.

The lowest number of annual deaths on record. The HSE are keen to emphasise the impact of Covid-19 is unknown but the country went into lockdown on 23rd of March just 1 week prior to the end of the reporting period.

Construction, despite the overall decrease actually increased from 31 in 2018/19 to 40 this year. This is an alarming statistic in an industry that is highly regulated.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing fell to its lowest number on record of 20. However this is still 18% of the overall total.

Manufacturing at 15 deaths is 25% down from the 5 year average of 20.

Transportation was the other notable sector to have a high fatality number, 11 in total or 10% of the overall number.

If you put these numbers in terms of deaths per 100,000 workers, agriculture is still by far the worst industry at 5.96 deaths per 100,000, This is 18 times higher than the average across all industries. Waste and recycling is second highest at 4.57 while Construction comes third at 1.74.

In terms of types of fatality, falls from height still comes top with 29 and being struck by a moving vehicle comes in its customary position of second with 20. Both down from the 5 year average but still pretty stable.

If you are over 60 years old then you are far more likely to suffer from a fatality at work. Between 60 and 64 you are twice as likely to die at work and if you are over 65 then that rises to 4 times more likely.

If you live in Yorkshire and The Humber then you must be doing something right. The number of fatalities has more than halved from 13 as a 5 year average to 5 this year.

Despite 111 fatalities the United Kingdom is still one of the safest countries in the world to work, lying just behind Ireland in 4th position with Finland Malta and Cyprus ahead in the table.

January was the worst month for fatalities.

Finally the numbers of members of the public who died in connection to work related activities was 51 enforced by the HSE and 41 on the railways. Local Authority information is not yet available.

The full document can be found here.

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