HSE Release Annual Workplace Fatality Figures 2017/2018
Date: 7th August 2018 | By: Claire Malley | Categories: Health and Safety
In July 2018, the HSE released their annual workplace fatality figures for the year April 2017 to March 2018. In that period, 144 workers were fatally injured at work compared to 135 last year, 2016/2017 with the majority of those killed at work being male workers (96%). The two main industries where fatal injuries occur are in the Construction and Agriculture industry. The UK is still one of the leading countries within the EU that has low workplace fatality rates, however one person killed at work is still one to many.
Over the past twenty years, many employers and employees have put measures in place to try to ensure that everyone is working safely, furthermore if we compare with previous HSE statistics, (1997/1998) 274 workers were killed at work. There has been a number of key legislation introduced so that employers and employees can work safely and minimise the risk of an accident. In order to reduce workplace fatality numbers it is important that all employees report bad practices or any defective equipment to the management team to ensure that all staff members carry out their work activity safely as instructed by their training.
In recent years, the HSE introduced the Fee For Intervention scheme (FFI). This means that when an HSE Inspector arrives at your premises they can start charging for their time if they identify a material breach of Health and Safety legislation, this also includes the time it helps to put things right. If an HSE Inspector was to arrive at your premises and found that you were complying with Health and Safety legislation then you will not be charged a FFI. The aim of the scheme is to encourage employers to improve standards and reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring.
Falls from Height | Guidance for Employers
In the period 2017/2018 35 people were killed as a result of a fall from height and they remain the main cause of workplace fatalities.
- As an organisation, think about the activities that occur in your workplace and identify if any of them require working at height.
- If you or any employee has to work at height, question whether the task is being carried out safely? Are they using the most suitable piece of equipment to carry out the task and are they protected from a fall so far as is reasonably practicable?
- It is crucial to have effective Risk Assessments in place so that anyone working at height on your premises or as part of their work activities carries out the activity safely. One approach to ensuring that those working at height are protected is by ensuring that they are suitably trained. For example if you know employees use ladders frequently then it is reasonable to expect them to have received formal health and safety training.
It is clear that the number of workers fatally injured at work has reduced in recent years but businesses still need to continually improve their practices to ensure that this figure can be reduced even further. If you would like advice on any concerns that you may have regarding the health and safety of your employees or others please contact Wirehouse Employer Services.