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HSE Releases Figures for Fatal UK Workplace Accidents in 2015/16

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released details of fatal UK workplace accidents for the twelve months to 31st March 2016.

The figures relating to fatal workplace accidents in the UK are provisional but reveal a slight increase in the number of employees and self-employed workers who were killed in workplace accidents, from 142 in 2014/15 to 144 in 2015/16.

The figures exclude employees killed in road traffic accidents, or those travelling by sea or air when they were killed, as well as deaths attributable to industrial diseases – estimated to be around 13,000 each year. They also exclude fatal UK workplace accidents in Northern Ireland.

Also absent from the HSE figures for the first time are fatal workplace accidents in the UK in premises registered with the Care Quality Commission. Since April 2015, workplace fatalities in locations such as care homes, hospitals and mental health facilities are no longer included in the annual report.

Within key industrial sectors, 43 workers died in construction, 37 workers lost their lives in service industry jobs, while there were 27 deaths each in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors. The remaining ten deaths occurred in the mining, utilities, waste and recycling sectors.

In addition to the 144 employee and self-employed workers who lost their lives in fatal workplace accidents in the UK, 103 members of the public were killed in accidents on retail premises, in care home facilities or on public transport – down from 127 in 2014/15.

It is important to note that the number of deaths does not directly correspond with the number of fatal UK workplace accidents as some accident result in multiple fatalities. For example, eight lives were lost in three of the accidents in the manufacturing section.

The HSE´s provisional figures are compiled only on accidents that are reported through the RIDDOR process and only when an employee or self-employed worked has died within a year of an accident. Consequently the confirmed number of deaths due to fatal UK workplace accidents will not be published until July 2017.