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Reminder for employers after 22 South East 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 22 people lost their lives while at work  across the South East in 2012/13 and 2702 suffered a major injury. This compares to 17 deaths and 3005 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.

Mike Wilcock, HSE Head of Operations for the South East said:

“The families of those South East 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 South East counties, 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 the South East during 2012/13 and 2011/12.

 

   Local Authority

Fatalities 2011-12

Major injuries 2011-12

Fatalities 2012-13

Major injuries 2012-13

Adur District Council

22

7

Arun District Council

44

1

29

Ashford Borough Council

1

52

51

Aylesbury Vale District Council

55

1

45

Basingstoke Deane Borough Council

1

55

65

Bracknell Forest Unitary Authority

36

24

Brighton & Hove Unitary Authority

64

68

Canterbury City Council

1

50

1

39

Cherwell District Council

1

83

70

Chichester District Council

1

54

41

Chiltern District Council

24

13

Crawley Borough Council

63

62

Dartford Borough Council

34

64

Dover District Council

34

22

East Hampshire District Council

29

2

36

Eastbourne Borough Council

36

1

32

Eastleigh Borough of

44

38

Elmbridge Borough Council

36

37

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

18

32

Fareham Borough Council

44

45

Gosport Borough of

14

22

Gravesham Borough Council

1

32

1

36

Guildford Borough Council

55

3

53

Hart District Council

1

29

15

Hastings Borough Council

23

38

Havant Borough of

30

32

Horsham District Council

52

40

Isle of Wight Unitary Authority

48

44

Lewes District Council

34

25

Maidstone Borough Council

1

68

77

Medway Towns Unitary Authority The

89

82

Mid Sussex District Council

37

34

Milton Keynes Council

1

117

1

93

Mole Valley District Council

23

27

New Forest District Council

1

57

43

Oxford City Council

56

84

Portsmouth Unitary Authority

84

1

80

Reading Unitary Authority

81

72

Reigate & Banstead Borough of

1

35

29

Rother District Council

20

12

Runnymede Borough Council

19

36

Rushmoor Borough of

38

20

Sevenoaks District Council

29

2

26

Shepway District Council

32

20

Slough Unitary Authority

44

45

South Bucks District Council

29

17

South Oxfordshire District Council

43

36

Southampton Unitary Authority

114

97

Spelthorne Borough Council

28

18

Surrey Heath Borough Council

26

49

Swale Borough Council

54

1

34

Tandridge District Council

32

22

Test Valley Borough Council

54

1

43

Thanet District Council

39

1

46

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

1

65

1

38

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

34

1

26

Vale of White Horse District Council

39

1

34

Waverley Borough Council

41

1

52

Wealden District Council

38

1

21

West Berkshire Unitary Authority

2

69

52

West Oxfordshire District Council

1

51

23

Winchester City Council

1

51

49

Windsor and Maidenhead Unitary Authority

1

37

40

Woking Borough Council

26

24

Wokingham Unitary Authority

26

25

Worthing Borough Council

37

19

Wycombe District Council

49

32

   

17

3005

22

2702

3. 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.

4. Further information on workplace statistics can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics.

5. Based on available data (2010), Britain has the third lowest rate of fatal injuries to workers in Europe – behind Slovakia and The Netherlands.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. HSE has adopted the revised SIC 2007 classification codes. More information is available on HSE Website  http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/sic2007.htm