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UK Workplace Fatality Statistics

3rd July 2015

The latest UK workplace fatality statistics released by HSE reveal a slight increase from 136 deaths in 2013/2014 to 142 in 2014/2015*. The general trend remains positive with the number of fatalities being halved over the past 20 years, but this trend has been less clear since 2009.

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Other headline figures revealed by the statistics are: –

  • 35 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded – a rate of 1.62 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to an average of 45 deaths in the past five years and a decrease from the 44 deaths recorded in 2013/14 and 22% lower than the fiver-year average for the sector
  •  A rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers during 2014/2015, which is roughly in line with the five-year average of 0.53
  • The North West was the region with the highest number of fatalities during 2014/2015, with a total of 20 workplace deaths being recorded, followed by the South West with 19, Yorkshire & the Humber with 15 and East Midlands with 14. The North East recorded the lowest number of fatalities in the period with 1

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  • There were 102 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2014/15 (excluding railways-related incidents)
  • Based on the latest available data, from 2012, Britain continues to have the lowest rate of fatal injuries to workers in Europe
  • Of the ‘big 5’ European nations, France has the least desirable incidence rate, with 2.64 fatalities per 100,000 workers**
  • Europe’s worst incidence rate is in the Baltic state of Latvia, who have much to do to improve an incidence rate of 4.70**

The HSE’s full year details for 2014/2015 are available here.

*Provisional figures

** 2009/2011