Nearly 150 workers killed doing their job in past year

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Health and Safety doesn’t always get the best press in this country. We’ve all heard talk about red tape strangling businesses and bureaucracy gone mad but there’s a simple reason why we have Health and Safety rules in this country – they save lives.

Earlier this month, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released provisional data about the number of workers who were killed in Great Britain in 2020-21.

Sadly, the figures revealed that 142 workers died as a result of a workplace incident during the year – an increase of 29 on the previous year.

Before we go any further it is only right that we should put these figures into context. Despite the latest rise, in statistical terms the number of fatalities has remained broadly level in recent years – the average annual number of workers killed at work annually between 2016-17 and 2020-21 is 136.

Thanks to the time and effort that has been invested in health and safety in this country we have seen a long-term reduction in the number of workplace fatalities during the past two decades. As a result, we can proudly say that Great Britain is one of the safest places to work in the world.

However, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that in the past year 142 people have had their lives cut short. We shouldn’t forget that 142 families have lost loved ones before their time and when you look at the causes of those deaths you have to wonder just how many of them could have been prevented.

None of the deaths included in these statistics arise from occupational exposure to diseases, including Covid-19. All of the fatalities were as a result of what the HSE calls a ‘workplace incident’.

The three most common causes of fatal injuries account for more than half of fatalities.

The highest cause of deaths continues to be workers falling from height which claimed the lives of 35 workers. Twenty-five people were killed after being hit by a moving vehicle and 17 died after being struck by a moving object.

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