Health and Safety Executive accident statistics reported

Falling from heights and being hit by a moving vehicle or object continue to account for more than half of all fatal workplace injuries, new figures have shown. The latest report published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that of the 111 work-related fatalities reported last year, 22 were due to falling from height and 18 from being hit by a moving vehicle or object. However, the figures (recorded between April 2019 and March 2020) demonstrate the fewest work-related fatalities on record, according to HSE.

The sector with the highest number of fatal injuries in 2019/20 was the construction industry (40), followed by agriculture, forestry and fishing (20) and manufacturing (15).

The report, which does not include deaths from occupational diseases (Covid-related deaths), it also highlights that 97% of all worker fatalities in 2019/20 were to male workers. However, the HSE has warned against complacency and has urged employers not to let Covid-19 blind them to the other dangers present in their workplace that still need to be controlled.

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