In 2016, 44 people lost their lives in the workplace, versus 56 in 2015, which represents a 21% decline, according to statistics published by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in early January.
The number of deaths remains high (21 in 2016 versus 18 in 2015) in the agricultural sector, whereas it declined slightly in construction (9 vs 11). For all sectors combined, accidents involving vehicles accounted for almost half (20) of all work-related deaths in 2016. Most of these concerned men aged between 25 and 65.
According to Martin O’Halloran, director of the HSA, the number of fatal accidents is the lowest since 2009. “This is especially significant in that the number of workers has increased”. On the other hand, for seven years now, the greatest number of deaths has been recorded in the agricultural sector.