Annual data released last week by the HSE, reveal a slight rise in workplace fatalities over the last 2 years.
The HSE statistics show provisional UK figures for the number of fatal injuries caused by accidents in the workplace over the last year. While the general trend shows a decrease of almost half over the last 20 years, the last 2 years have seen a rise from 136 to 144 fatalities.
Workplace fatalities by sector
The data also reveals the number of fatalities across each sector. While the average of fatalities to 100,000 workers equalled 0.42 overall, industry averages rose to 7.73. The image below shows a ranking of the most dangerous industries based on average per 100,000 workers.
Workplace fatalities by Location
The HSE statistics also breaks down fatalities by location. As you can see from the image below, Scotland, North West England and London had the most workplace fatalities over the year while fatalities in the North East were low.
Workplace fatalities to the Public
Sadly, 67 members of the public were also fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2015/2016.
While the UK has one of the best safety records in the world, more needs to be done to prevent serious and fatal workplace accidents. Not only to employees, but the public to.
Reducing Accident Response Times
While there are steps every business should take to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place, StaySafe can help reduce the outcome and severity of an accident by reducing the response times to injured employees.
Every employer should take steps to ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place across the business. While risk assessments, training and using the correct, tools, equipment and clothing can save lives, there are some cases where an accident may be unavoidable. In these cases, lone worker alarms and devices could save lives.
StaySafe can help reduce the outcome and severity of an accident by providing faster assistance and reducing the response time to an injured employee. If an employee faces an accident when they are alone or out of sight, they may be unable to receive the help they need on time.
Not only does the StaySafe app allow an injured employee to send an alert to their employer, but the hub also allows the business to view the location of the employee and send assistance straight to them. The location data can be used by the emergency services, allowing medical support to be sent directly and quickly.
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