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Work-related fatality figures published

  • 135 workers died in work-related incidents in 2022/23

  • 2,268 mesothelioma deaths in 2021 through past exposure to asbestos

One hundred and thirty-five workers were killed in work-related incidents in Great Britain in the last year, according to figures published this week (Thursday July 6) by the Health and Safety Executive.


The industries with the highest deaths were construction (45), agriculture, forestry, and fishing (21), manufacturing (15), and transportation and storage (15). Agriculture, forestry, and fishing has the highest rate of fatal injury per 100,000 workers of all the main industrial sectors followed by waste and recycling.


The annual data release published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Great Britain’s workplace regulator, covers the period from April 2022 to March 2023.


The three most common causes of fatal injuries are falls from height (40), being struck by a moving object (29), and being struck by a moving vehicle (20).


The total of 135 worker deaths in 2022/23 is higher than the previous year (123) but is in line with pre-pandemic levels. The figure for 2020/21 was 145.


HSE has also published the annual figures for Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by past exposure to asbestos. The figures show 2,268 people died from the disease in 2021. This is a fall of 302 compared with the 2,570 deaths in 2020 and substantially lower than the average of 2,520 deaths per year over the period 2012-2019.


Asbestos-related diseases take decades to develop. Most people with them today will largely have been exposed before the tightening of controls and the use of asbestos was banned in 1999.


HSE’s Chief Executive Sarah Albon said:

“Any loss of life in the workplace is a tragedy. While these figures show Great Britain is one of the safest countries in the world to work, safety must continue to be at the top of everyone’s agenda."


One of the most common causes of fatal injuries continues to be falling from height. In many cases where a person falls from height, safe access has not been provided. All operations requiring work at height require risk assessment and proper management of risks.

Ensure you are compliant with Health and Safety Legislation! For more information, or to book a training course, feel free to get in contact: 01782 43883 hello@youcandoit.training https://www.youcandoit.training/service-page/working-at-height-half-day

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