Declining fatality rates are no cause for complacency, but do show the UK is one of the safest places to work in the world.
The HSE recently published the provisional statistics for work-related fatal accidents that occurred between 1st April 2016 and 1st March 2017, which continued to reflect the 20-year trend of declining fatality rates.
Yet, while the United Kingdom has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, 137 people were killed at work and 92 members of the public were fatally injured in work-related accidents.
By examining the figures from the previous year, your organisation may be inspired to bolster your health and safety policies in order to more adequately protect your employees. Here are four key provisional figures from 2016 to 2017:
1. Construction: 30 workers died—lower than the five-year average of 39 deaths.
2. Agriculture: 27 workers died—lower than the five-year average of 29 deaths.
3. Manufacturing: 19 workers died—slightly lower than the five-year average of 20 deaths.
4. Waste and recycling: 14 workers died—higher than the five-year average of eight deaths.
To help ensure that your health and safety scheme is thorough and comprehensive, periodically inspect your organisation’s risk management efforts to identify any hazards to better address any potential issues.
Get in touch with the risk management team at Bollington for help and assistance with your health and safety planning and management. Call 01625 854300 and ask for risk management advice for an informal discussion.