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Reminder for employers after seven workers killed in East Midlands

Date:
30 December 2013

Statistics available for local authority areas (See Notes to Editors)

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 seven people lost their lives while at work across the East Midlands in 2012/13 and 1,679 suffered a major injury. This compares to seven deaths and 1,882 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 East Midlands said:

“The families of those workers in the East Midlands 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. www.hse.gov.uk

2. The following table lists the numbers of deaths and injuries across the East Midlands during 2012/13 and 2011/12.

 

Local authority Deaths 2011/12 Major injuries 2011/12 Deaths 2012/13 Major injuries 2012/13
Amber Valley Borough Council 1 47 1 33
Ashfield District Council   26   38
Bassetlaw District Council 1 61   60
Blaby District Council   36   25
Bolsover The District of   28   25
Boston Borough Council   42 2 40
Broxtowe Borough Council   26   24
Charnwood Borough Council   39   37
Chesterfield Borough of   36   49
Corby Borough Council 1 45   38
Daventry District Council   50   43
Derby City of Unitary Authority   91   100
Derbyshire Dales District Council   28 1 26
East Lindsey District Council 1 55   67
East Northamptonshire District Council   22   19
Erewash Borough Council   29   18
Gedling Borough Council   27 1 23
Harborough District Council   37 1 27
High Peak Borough Council   29   38
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council   33   29
Kettering Borough of   44   38
Leicester City of Unitary Authority   125   139
Lincoln City of   80   97
Mansfield District Council   50   33
Melton Borough Council   28   11
Newark & Sherwood District Council   51   47
North East Derbyshire DC   29   21
North Kesteven D C   53   41
North West Leicestershire DC   51   22
Northampton Borough Council   113   113
Nottingham City of Unitary Authority 1 161   145
Oadby & Wigston Borough of   11   14
Rushcliffe Borough of   29   16
Rutland Unitary Authority   18   13
South Derbyshire District Council   34   34
South Holland District Council   42   23
South Kesteven District Council   73   51
South Northamptonshire Council   24 1 14
Wellingborough Borough of 1 39   21
West Lindsey District Council 1 40   27
Totals 7 1,882 7 1,679

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/developments/news/sic2007.htm

9. HSE news releases are available at www.hse.gov.uk/press.