By Maximilian Clarke
Injuries in the workplace have fallen by 2,000 over the past 2 years to fewer than 99 for every 100,000, the Health and Safety Executive reveals.
However the number of workplace deaths jumped by 30 to 171, though ‘fatal occupational injuries’ in the UK remain the lowest in Europe.
"The fall in the number of people being injured by work is of course to be welcomed but we did also see an increase in the number of fatalities during the year,” said the Health and Safety Executive chair, Judith hackitt. “Britain can be proud that it has one of the best health and safety records in Europe but as the increase in the number of fatalities makes clear we can never let up in our commitment to addressing the serious risks which continue to cause death and injury in workplaces.
“HSE will continue to work with employers, employees and other organisations to maintain and, where necessary improve, health and safety standards. We all have a responsibility to make sure serious workplace risks are sensibly managed."
The construction (173.2 major injuries per 100,000 employees) and agricultural (221.9 major injuries per 100,000 employees) industries continue to report the highest levels of work-related injuries, with disproportionately high numbers of incidents.
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