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According to the latest annual statistical report of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the largest number of work-related deaths (24) was recorded in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector, followed by the construction sector (9 deaths). In 2016, the work-related fatality rate was 2.1 per 100,000 workers, versus 2.4 in 2015. It has remained relatively stable since 2009, following a downward trend between 1999 and 2009.
For non-fatal injuries, the rate in 2016 was 3.9 per 100,000 workers, versus 3.8 the previous year, i.e. 7,957 accidents of which 33% were related to manual handling tasks. They occurred chiefly in the healthcare and social work sector.
According to the annual report, the HSA carried out 10,477 inspections and enquiries last year, including 6,497 in the construction, agriculture and fishing sectors. It took legal action in 17 cases, resulting in fines of €614,000, with 369 Improvement Notices and 413 Prohibition Notices.