Warning against complacency as work deaths dip

first_imgThenumber of workers killed in accidents at work has dropped by 10 per cent overthe past 12 months, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).Newfigures show the number of people fatally injured while at work has fallen from251 in 2001-02 to 226 in 2002-03. The actual rate of fatal injuries also fell,by around 10 per cent to 0.79 per hundred thousand, compared to 0.88 in2001-02. However,figures still remain at similar levels to those three years ago, after amassive 30 per cent increase in deaths at work in 2000-01 and a steady declinein the following three years.Fallsfrom height, being struck by a moving vehicle and getting hit by fallingobjects continue to be the most common kinds of accidents, accounting for 53per cent of fatal injuries at work.BillCallaghan, chair of the Health and Safety Commission, welcomed the figures butwarned against complacency. “The statistics give us some grounds foroptimism. It is encouraging but 226 deaths also represents continuing failure.Worker fatalities are a blemish on a civilised society,” he said.Mostsectors managed to reduce the number of deaths, with the exception of theservice industry where 75 workers were killed, compared to 70 in the last setof figures.Theservice industry has the worst statistical record followed by construction with71 deaths, manufacturing with 41 and agriculture with 36 fatalities.www.hse.gov.uk Warning against complacency as work deaths dipOn 5 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more