There were one hundred and thirty-five workers killed due to work-related incidents in the United Kingdom the last year, according to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the 6th of July 2023.
The statistics released covers the period between April 2022 and March 2023 and shows an increase of fatalities verses the previous year (one hundred and twenty-three deaths) however is in line with pre-coronavirus levels (2020/2021 fatalities were reported at one hundred and forty-five).
The data released shows that the industry with the highest number of deaths was the construction industry (with 43 fatalities), however the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry had the highest death rate per 100,000 workers which means that the agricultural, forestry and fishing sector remains the most dangerous industry to work within. Other industries highlighted with report were the manufacturing and transportation and storage sectors both with 15 fatalities and the waste and recycling sector highlighted with the second highest death rate per 100,000 workers.
The Chief Executive of the HSE said "Any loss of life in the workplace is a tragedy" "Our mission is to protect people and places, we remain committed to maintaining safe workplaces and holding employers to account for their actions"
Due to the long-term downward rate of fatal injuries to workers, the United Kingdom has proven that it remains one of the safest places to work on the globe. This does not mean that workers and employers can become complacent in regards to Health and Safety. We must remain committed to maintaining and improving safe working practices and holding employers accountable if they do not.
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