Latest HSE injury figures paint a bleak picture of occupational health andsafety in the UKWorkplace deaths rose by 34 per cent in the past year – bringing industrialaccidents to the highest level for several years. Provisional statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show fatalinjuries in 2000/2001 increased to 295 – up 75 on the previous year. And the rate of fatal injury to workers is expected to rise substantiallythis year, bucking the downward trend seen in the 1990s, said the HSE. It isestimated to increase to 1.1 per 1 million workers – up from 0.8 the yearbefore – the highest level seen since the mid-1990s. The fatal injury rate for staff and the self-employed is also expected tohave increased when final figures are published next month. Falls from a height, being struck by a moving vehicle or moving or fallingobjects continue to be the most common causes of fatal injury, accounting for25, 22 and 18 per cent respectively of fatal injuries to workers. The number of falls from a height rose from 68 in 1999/2000 to 73 in2000/01, although this figure is still lower than two years ago. Deaths caused by being struck by a moving vehicle increased from 34 to 64,and are at the highest level since 1991/92. But the rate for non-fatal major injuries is expected to be 110.3 per100,000 – 5 per cent lower than the previous year, continuing the downwardtrend. The most common causes of non-fatal major injuries continue to be slipping,tripping and falling from a height. The over-three-day injury rate is also expected to show a slight fall, down2 per cent on 1999/2000. Injuries sustained while handling, lifting or carrying or due to slippingand tripping remain the most common kind of over-three-day injuries. TUC general secretary John Monks said employers should be compelled toinvestigate all significant workplace accidents, including road trafficaccidents and bullying. “The law must not be a bureaucratic paper chase, or an exercise inshutting the stable door after the horse has bolted,” he said. How the injuries break down Fatal injury rates in the construction sector are the highest for 10 years,at 6 per 100,000 – on average two deaths every week – and 28 per cent higherthan in 1999/2000Rates in agriculture and extraction and the utility industries are alsoexpected to increaseIn manufacturing, the fatal injury rate is expected to be 1.2 per 100,000compared with 1 per 100,000 in 1999/2000 – lower than for most of the 1990sFatal injuries have risen in the services sector, to 0.4 per 100,000, afterdropping through most of the 1990sThe number of fatal injuries to members of the public is expected toincrease to 447 from 436, with 96 per cent occurring in the service sector and331 reported from the railway industryThe provisional number of dangerous occurrences reported to the HSE was10,373 – a fall of 0.4 per cent Previous Article Next Article Shock statistics show 300 deaths at work in past yearOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.