National Statistics for Work Injuries Released
On the 5th of July 2012 statistics were released on the number of workers who were fatally injured in Britain. The results show that the number remains almost completely unchanged, although it has to be noted that this data is provisional.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released this data that showed that 173 workers received fatal injuries between April 2011 and March 2012. This number shows a decrease of two from the year before. However, the rate per 100,000 workers remains constant at 0.6.
The following statistics were released, though, for some specific industries:
- Five deaths in waste and recycling. 4.1 deaths for every 100,000 workers, which is down from the nine deaths in the period of 2010/2011.
- 49 deaths in the construction industry, which is a rate of 2.3 deaths for every 100,000 workers. This is a decrease of 2.3 from the deaths seen in the same period of 2010/2011.
- 33 deaths in the agricultural industry where 9.7 deaths were recorded for every 100,000 workers. This is an increase from the 30 deaths reported in the period of 2010/2011.
National figures were also released, and they revealed data for each country that comprises Great Britain.
- 18 deaths were reported in Wales, which is an increase of 11 deaths in 2010/2011. This year’s rate is 1.4 for every 100,000 workers, which is up from 0.8 for the last period.
- 20 deaths occurred in Scotland in this period to create a final rate of 0.8 fatalities for every 100,000 workers. This demonstrates an increase of six from the 14 recorded in 2010/2011.
- 130 fatalities occurred in England, which equals 0.5 deaths for every 100,000 workers in the country. This is a decrease from the 0.6 rate that was established in 2010/2011.
When asked to comment on these statistics the HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, praised Britain for having such a low rate of fatal injuries in the workplace, when compared with the rest of Europe. She highlighted the fact that this is a long term downward trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.