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Reminder for employers after 12 workers killed in the South West

Date:
30 December 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging businesses to focus on their legal responsibility to ensure lives are not put at risk and make the safety of workers their top priority for 2014.

The fresh appeal comes as new figures show that 12 people lost their lives while at work across the South West in 2012/13 and 1,876 suffered a major injury. This compares to 15 deaths and 1,996 major injuries the previous year.

The latest provisional figures show that the number of deaths across Great Britain has fallen in the last year, with 148 people killed at work, compared to 171 deaths during 2011/12. More than 20,600 workers also suffered a major injury in 2012/13, representing a 10.8 percent drop on the previous year. Five in every million workers were killed while at work between April 2012 and March 2013.

High-risk industries include construction which had 39 deaths last year, agriculture with 29 deaths, manufacturing with 20 deaths and waste and recycling with 10 deaths – making up over two-thirds of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2012/13.

Samantha Peace, HSE Regional Director for the South West said:

“The families of those workers in the South West who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them and hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.

“Whilst the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces. I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or pointless paperwork.

“It’s important to remember that while we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, one death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths further in 2014.”

Information on tackling health and safety dangers in workplaces is available on HSE’s website at: www.hse.gov.uk.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.
  2. A list of the deaths reported to HSE during 2012/13 is available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/fatalities/2013-14.htm The information is updated on a monthly basis, and does not purport to be a formal statistical release. Subsequent investigation may determine that some are not reportable as workplace deaths, for example deaths due to natural causes.
  3. Further information on workplace statistics can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics.
  4. Based on available data (2010), Britain has the third lowest rate of fatal injuries to workers in Europe – behind Slovakia and The Netherlands.
  5. The reporting of health and safety incidents at work is a statutory requirement, set out under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). A reportable incident includes: a death or major injury; any accident which does not result in major injury, but the injured person still has to take seven or more days off their normal work to recover; a work related disease; a member of the public being injured as a result of work related activity and taken to hospital for treatment; or a dangerous occurrence, which does not result in a serious injury, but could have done.
  6. The figures for 2012/13 are provisional. They will be finalised in October 2014 following any necessary adjustments arising from investigations, in which new facts can emerge about whether the accident was work-related. The delay of a year in finalising the figures allows for such matters to be fully resolved in the light of formal interviews with all relevant witnesses, forensic investigation and coroners’ rulings.
  7. HSE has adopted the revised SIC 2007 classification codes.
  8. The following table lists the numbers of deaths and injuries to workers across the South West during 2012/13 and 2011/12:

Fatalities 2011-12

Major injuries 2011-12

Fatalities 2012-13

Major injuries 2012-13

South West Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority

1

53

57

Bournemouth Unitary Authority

52

39

Bristol Unitary Authority

1

181

1

185

Carrick District Council

114

209

Cheltenham Borough Council

38

42

Christchurch District Council

23

11

Cornwall Unitary Authority

3

104

2

Cotswold District Council

1

34

1

21

East Devon District Council

44

1

31

East Dorset District Council

27

1

23

Exeter City Council

54

1

80

Forest of Dean District Council

28

24

Gloucester City Council

46

1

62

Isles of Scilly Council of the

1

Mendip District Council

51

36

Mid Devon District Council

2

16

1

28

North Devon District Council

42

35

North Dorset District Council

27

16

North West Somerset Unitary Authority

71

35

Plymouth Unitary Authority

1

112

114

Poole Unitary Authority

69

77

Purbeck District Council

16

18

Sedgemoor District Council

45

35

South Gloucestershire Unitary Authority

90

50

South Hams District Council

34

1

28

South Somerset District Council

1

56

57

Stroud District Council

32

37

Swindon Unitary Authority

1

66

84

Taunton Deane Borough Council

1

46

48

Teignbridge District Council

43

39

Tewkesbury Borough Council

23

22

Torbay Unitary Authority

57

42

Torridge District Council

22

10

West Devon Borough Council

10

16

West Dorset District Council

38

36

West Somerset District Council

16

25

Weymouth and Portland BC

25

28

Wiltshire Unitary Authority

3

190

2

176

  SOUTH WEST TOTAL

15

1,996

12

1,876

   

 

 

 

 

  GB TOTAL

171

23,174

148

20,683

 

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