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Reminder for employers after sixteen workers killed in East of England

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 16 people lost their lives while at work across the East of England in 2012/13 and 1,923 suffered a major injury. This compares to 19 deaths and 2,116 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 per cent 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.

Annette Hall, HSE Regional Director for the East of England said:

“The families of those workers in the East of England 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.

The following table lists the numbers of deaths and injuries to workers across the East of England during 2012/13 and 2011/12.

Local Authority

Fatalities 11/12

Major injuries 11/12

Fatalities 12/13

Major injuries 12/13

Babergh District Council

21

20

Basildon District Council

62

66

Bedford Borough Council

69

3

66

Braintree District Council

1

40

2

41

Breckland Council

57

46

Brentwood District Council

1

20

31

Broadland District Council

30

26

Broxbourne Borough of

33

1

16

Cambridge City Council

66

1

84

Castle Point Borough Council

17

14

Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority

30

Chelmsford Borough Council

75

1

77

Colchester Borough Council

2

72

61

Dacorum Borough Council

1

39

42

East Cambridgeshire District Council

1

42

1

27

East Hertfordshire District Council

31

42

Epping Forest District Council

3

38

17

Fenland District Council

49

1

38

Forest Heath District Council

65

58

Great Yarmouth BC

28

39

Harlow District Council

35

35

Hertsmere Borough Council

1

25

24

Huntingdonshire District Council

54

1

50

Ipswich Borough Council

1

44

53

Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

82

50

Luton Unitary Authority

1

58

56

Maldon District Council

21

1

16

Mid Bedfordshire District Council

44

48

Mid Suffolk District Council

30

28

North Hertfordshire District Council

1

41

21

North Norfolk District Council

41

27

Norwich City of

52

95

Peterborough Unitary Authority

104

94

Rochford District Council

24

9

South Cambridgeshire District Council

1

42

37

South Norfolk District Council

38

1

21

Southend-on-Sea Unitary Authority

47

49

St Albans District Council Offices

1

39

1

40

St Edmundsbury Borough of

50

1

46

Stevenage Borough Council

29

30

Suffolk Coastal District Council

1

54

30

Tendring District Council

41

28

Three Rivers District Council

22

9

Thurrock Unitary Authority

3

69

90

Uttlesford District Council

26

24

Watford Council

34

1

37

Waveney D C

43

29

Welwyn Hatfield District Council

43

36

East of England Total

19

2,116

16

1,923

GB TOTAL

171

23,174

148

20,683

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

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