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on 11 July 2012

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The latest statistics for the amount of deaths and injuries which occurred in the last year have been released by the Health and Safety Executive. The new figures have shown there has been very little change in the amount of workers who have suffered or died while at work. The provisional data shows that there were 173 workers which were killed at work between April 2011 and March 2012.

Data Released for Fatalities at Work from the HSE

The previous year there were 175 deaths in the workplace so the figures has dropped by the rate of fatal injuries hasn’t moved, being 0.06 for every 100000 employees.  While Britain has one of the lowest rates in the whole of Europe more work needs to be done to reduce these figures.  The Health and Safety Executive like   have stressed that while the figures may not be the worst, there were still 173 men and women who lost their lives and their friends, family and co-workers had their lives affected to.

The figures also highlighted the most dangerous industries.  The construction industry had the largest number of fatalities with a rate of 2.3 for every 100000 workers.  There were 49 deaths which have dropped down from 50 deaths in the previous year but the figure is still unacceptable. The second highest is in the agricultural industry which had 33 deaths, a rate of 9.7 deaths per 100000 workers.  This is a higher figure than the previous year where 30 deaths were recorded.

You Must Know When and How to Report Incidents

It is necessary by law that all health and safety incidents are reported.  The statutory requirement is set out in the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.   All employers need to report incidents which have resulted in the loss of life, serious injury, and any incident where a worker has needed more than 7 days to recover.  Also work related diseases have to be reported and any dangerous incidents which may not have actually caused injury, but could have.

Health and safety services can help provide training which will teach managers, supervisors and business owners the correct procedure of reporting incidents.  The reported figures are used to help discover if safe working methods and new health and safety regulations and laws are working when applied in the workplace.

Be Trained in Health and Safety

It’s necessary to attend health and safety training courses to help prevent accidents and to learn what’s required of you after an incident you can call the health and safety consultants to find a course near you.  The expert tutors will be happy to come to your place of work and provide the training to you and your employees or you can arrange to have the training in another suitable location.  The courses are accredited by the most important names in the Health and Safety sector such as NEBOSH and ISOH and the qualifications are national recognised.  The course contents are based upon the guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and legislation.  Call 0800 1488 677 to book your place on a suitable course.

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David Cant is a Director at Veritas Consulting. The SME’s favourite go-to consultant for health and safety know-how. Bucket loads of experience. Fluent in practical advice. Solutionist with a brain you can pick. You can find him across social media on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

David Cant is a Director at Veritas Consulting. The SME’s favourite go-to consultant for health and safety know-how. Bucket loads of experience. Fluent in practical advice. Solutionist with a brain you can pick. You can find him across social media on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

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