Fatal and major injuries in UK workplaces underwent a significant drop between 2011/12 and 2012/13, figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal.
The number of workers who sustained a fatal injury stood at 148, down from 171 in the previous year and well below the average for the past five years of 181 workers per year.
While there were 22,094 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns to employees reported in 2011/12 (a rate of 88.5 per 100,000 employees), this dropped to 19,707 in 2012/13 (a rate of 78.5 injuries per 100,000 employees).
The amount that society has coughed up to cover the cost of workplace injuries and ill health has also witnessed a substantial drop, from £16.3 billion in 2006/7 to an estimated £13.8 billion in 2010/11 (both in 2011 prices).
The most high risk industries have remained the same, with construction (156.0 major injuries per 100 000 employees), agriculture (239.4 major injuries per 100 000 employees) and waste and recycling (369.8 major injuries per 100 000 employees) among the sectors in which workers are most likely to be injured by their jobs.
The 2012/13 statistics are provisional and show workplace fatalities and injuries between April 2012 and March 2013.
Chair of HSE, Judith Hackitt said:
“This year’s figures demonstrate that Britain continues to be improve its health and safety performance, with important falls in the number of workers fatally injured and the number of employees suffering major injuries.
“But we still see too many deaths and injuries occur in the work place many of which could have been prevented through simple safety measures. Getting this right is the key to ensuring that everyone can make it home safely at the end of their working day.
“As the economy grows, new and inexperienced additions to the workforce can increase in the risk of injuries to workers. We’re committed to helping employers understand that health and safety is about sensibly and proportionately managing risks and ensuring people understand the risks involved not creating unnecessary paperwork.”
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