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Reminder for employers after 13 London workers are killed

Date:
30 December 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging local 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 13 people lost their lives while at work in London in 2012/13 and 2141 suffered a major injury. This compares to eight deaths and 2409 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 saw 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.

Richard Boland, HSE Head of Operations for London said:

“The families of those London workers 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 has decreased nationally, they have increased across the capital, and it serves as a stark reminder of why we need good health and safety in workplaces. I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face, and to 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 in 2014.”   Information on tackling health and safety dangers in workplaces is available on HSE’s website at www.hse.gov.uk. ENDS

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. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. The following table lists the numbers of deaths and injuries to workers across London during 2012/13 and 2011/12.
  3. Fatalities 2011-12

    Major injuries 2011-12

    Fatalities 2012-13

    Major injuries 2012-13

    LONDON Barking & Dagenham London Borough of

    59

    29

    Barnet London Borough of

    2

    82

    56

    Bexley London Borough of

    46

    34

    Brent London Borough of

    71

    60

    Bromley London Borough of

    1

    54

    52

    Camden London Borough of

    105

    95

    Croydon London Borough of

    79

    59

    Ealing London Borough of

    67

    65

    Enfield London Borough of

    1

    71

    1

    74

    Greenwich London Borough of

    53

    1

    73

    Hackney London Borough of

    65

    36

    Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough of

    87

    1

    52

    Haringey London Borough of

    40

    2

    38

    Harrow London Borough of

    29

    38

    Havering London Borough of

    69

    49

    Hillingdon London Borough of

    152

    1

    111

    Hounslow London Borough of

    102

    103

    Islington London Borough of

    68

    57

    Kensington & Chelsea The Royal Borough of

    1

    65

    1

    65

    Kingston Upon Thames Royal Borough of

    35

    40

    Lambeth London Borough of

    72

    2

    67

    Lewisham London Borough of

    50

    47

    London Corporation of the City of

    95

    146

    Merton London Borough of

    47

    40

    Newham London Borough of

    1

    89

    71

    Redbridge London Borough of

    37

    1

    29

    Richmond-upon-Thames London Borough of

    54

    39

    Southwark London Borough of

    1

    86

    80

    Sutton London Borough of

    46

    34

    Tower Hamlets London Borough of

    64

    1

    68

    Waltham Forest London Borough of

    57

    34

    Wandsworth Borough Council

    74

    1

    64

    Westminster City of

    1

    239

    1

    236

    London total  

    8

    2409

    13

    2141

  4. 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.
  5. Further information on workplace statistics can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics.
  6. Based on available data (2010), Britain has the third lowest rate of fatal injuries to workers in Europe – behind Slovakia and The Netherlands.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. HSE has adopted the revised SIC 2007 classification codes. More information is available on HSE Website  http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/developments/news/sic2007.htm

 

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