GREAT BRITAIN: Workplace fatal injuries in 2019/20

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According to provisional figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020 (or 0.34 deaths per 100,000 workers). This is 38 fewer deaths than in the previous period. This decrease is probably partly explained by the impact of the coronavirus on the economy in recent months. It should be noted that these figures do not include deaths due to occupational disease and therefore do not reflect deaths related to Covid-19.

40 fatalities occurred in the construction industry, 20 in the agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors and 5 in the waste and recycling sector. The most common causes continue to be falls from a height (29), collisions with a moving vehicle (20) and collisions with a moving object (18). Workers aged 60 or over, although they represent only about 10% of the working population, are the most affected (27%).

Concerning the public sector covered by the HSE, 33 fatal accidents occurred in the health and social services sector and 41 in the railways.

The final data will be published in the annual health and safety publication on 4 November 2020.

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