UNITED KINGDOM: HSE publishes annual figures on fatal accidents at work

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According to figures just published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 147 workers suffered fatal injuries between April 2018 and March 2019, a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers. Although there were 6 more deaths than in 2017/2018, the number has been decreasing since 1981. The agriculture, forestry and fishing, waste and recycling sectors are the most affected, with rates 18 times and 17 times higher than the average for all industries respectively (average annual rates for 2014/15-2018/19).

Nearly 60% of deaths in 2018/19 were due to falls from a height (40), collisions with a moving vehicle (30) or object in motion (16). One in four fatal accidents involved workers aged 60 or over, while these workers represented only about 10% of the workforce.

Mesothelioma killed 2,523 people in 2017, a number broadly similar to that of the previous five years and which is not expected to begin to decline until the beginning of the next decade. 

Complete claims data will be published on 30 October 2019.

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