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Reminder for employers after fifteen workers killed in Yorkshire and Humber

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 fifteen people lost their lives while at work in Yorkshire and Humber in 2012/13 and 1,877 suffered a major injury. This is one more death than was recorded the previous year but major injuries dropped by some 350 from 2,239 in 2011/12.

West Yorkshire posted the highest number of deaths at seven, two more than  the year before, and also highest for major injuries at 753, but the latter was still a fall from 904 recorded in 2011/12. In South Yorkshire, there was one more death in 2012/13 with four, plus 482 major injuries, down from 496.

In Humberside, in 2012/13 there was one fatality, compared to three in 2011/12 and 338 major injuries, a fall of some 150 on the previous year. In North Yorkshire, there were three deaths, the same as the 2011/12, but major injuries also fell, from 344 to 304.

The 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 and waste and recycling with 10 – making up over two-thirds of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2012/13.

John Rowe, HSE Head of Operations for Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

“It is heartening to see that there was a significant drop in the number of major injuries in the region. However, the families of those 15 workers in Yorkshire and the Humber who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them. And there are still hundreds of workers who suffer life-changing injury and debilitation because of a major injury.

“While the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics, and the human cost behind them, highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces. Employers could do their staff and their businesses a good deed by spending time tackling the real dangers that workers face, in the factories, on the building sites, in the workshops and on the farms.

“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.

The following tables list the numbers of deaths and injuries to workers across Yorkshire & the Humber during 2011/12 and 2012/13 and broken down by county/sub-region.

The following tables list the numbers of deaths and injuries to workers across Yorkshire & the Humber during 2011/12 and 2012/13 and broken down by county/sub-region.

 

Location Fatal 2011/12 Major injuries 11/12 Fatal 2012/13 Major injuries 12/13
Barnsley 1 80   57
Bradford 1 185   134
Calderdale   60 1 58
Craven   19   19
Doncaster   115   136
East Riding 2 172 1 119
Hambleton   43 1 24
Harrogate 2 67   61
Hull   138   110
Kirklees 2 150 1 116
Leeds 2 349 3 293
NE Lincs 1 95   53
N Lincs   90   56
Richmondshire   22   15
Rotherham   102 2 89
Ryedale   24   19
Scarborough   45   37
Selby   49 2 39
Sheffield 2 199 2 200
Wakefield   160 2 152
York 1 75   90
Total Y&H 14 2239 15 1877

 

West Yorkshire

Location Fatal 2011/12 Major injuries 11/12 Fatal 2012/13 Major injuries 12/13
Bradford 1 185   134
Calderdale   60 1 58
Kirklees 2 150 1 116
Leeds 2 349 3 293
Wakefield   160 2 152

Total                  5                 904             7                 753

South Yorkshire

Location Fatal 2011/12 Major injuries 11/12 Fatal 2012/13 Major injuries 12/13
Barnsley 1 80   57
Doncaster   115   136
Rotherham   102 2 89
Sheffield 2 199 2 200

Total                    3               496              4                482

 

North Yorkshire

Location Fatal 2011/12 Major injuries 11/12 Fatal 2012/13 Major injuries 12/13
Craven   19   19
Hambleton   43 1 24
Harrogate 2 67   61
Richmondshire   22   15
Ryedale   24   19
Scarborough   45   37
Selby   49 2 39
York 1 75   90

Total                   3               344              3                304

Humberside

Location Fatal 2011/12 Major injuries 11/12 Fatal 2012/13 Major injuries 12/13
East Riding 2 172 1 119
NE Lincs 1 95   53
N Lincs   90   56
Hull   138   110

Total                   3                495               1                338

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. 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. More information is available on HSE Website  http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/developments/news/sic2007.htm