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147 Fatal accidents in the workplace

In July this year, the HSE released the 2018/2019 statistics for ‘Fatal Accidents in Great Britain’.  Sadly, there were 147 fatal accidents in the workplace during this time period.

Although the figures are still being finalised, there are several key points which we should all consider and reflect upon.

Industries which saw the most fatalities are:

  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

In terms of fatal accident cases, it’s clear that the two biggest issues were:

  • Fall from heights
  • Being struck by a moving vehicle

And it’s not only workers who have been affected – but 92 members of the public were also killed by work-related activities in the same time period.

You can view the full statistics here:

In the statistics, Scotland and Wales were each listed as a whole area instead of being broken down into the regional counties like England.  Fatalities were highest in the West Midlands had the highest amount at 20 deaths.

What this report really says is that 147 people had their lives cut short illegally.  That their family will no longer have their loved one, and children will grow up without a parent.  None of these employers planned for this to happen, but they didn’t plan for safety adequately either, and now in the eyes of the law they’ve killed someone.  If you’re an employer could you imagine being called a murder?

We all learn from experience, let this report be our experience and not put learning into practice.

We can always improve and learn from our practices and policies, and hopefully prevent further loss.

Please get in touch today to find out about a safety health check for your business. Contact

Imagine, 147 fatal accidents would affect at least 147 families, workplaces and a whole range of different people.

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