The new HSE statistics show that 147 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2018/19, with another 92 members of the public killed due to work related activities.
This shows a slight increase on last year's statistics of 141 worker fatalities.
The statistics also show which industries have the highest number of fatalities:
- 32 deaths - Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- 30 deaths - Construction
- 26 deaths - Manufacturing
- 18 deaths - Wholesale, retail, motor repair, accommodation and food
- 16 deaths - Transport and storage
- 10 deaths - Admin & support services
- 7 deaths - Waste
- 8 deaths - Other
Of these, the biggest killers were falls from height (40 deaths) and vehicle strikes (30 deaths).
These statistics are important because they can reveal likely trends for HSE inspections and enforcement over the next year.
In particular, those working in the agriculture, forestry and fishing or waste and recycling industries should review their policies and implementation as they are likely to remain a focus for the HSE. This is because they have the highest average rates of injury per worker of all industries, which are 18 and 17 times higher than the all industry average.
HSE Chair Martin Temple commented: “These statistics also remind us that, in certain sectors of the economy, workplace death remain worryingly high. Agriculture, forestry and fishing accounts for a small fraction of the workforce of Great Britain, yet accounted for over 20 per cent of worker fatalities in the last year. This is unacceptable and more must be done to prevent such fatalities taking place.”