Workplace death rate rising

first_imgStatistics on workplace deaths make grim reading with levels at theirhighest for a decadeWorkplace deaths are at their worst level for a decade, up 34 per cent fromlast year, according to the Health and Safety Commission. The provisional figures, published by the Health and Safety Executive inJune, show 295 workplace fatalities in 2000/01 compared with 220 the previousyear. Of these, just over a third occurred in the construction industry with afurther 17 per cent in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector. The rate of reported major injuries to employees fell by 5.4 per cent overthe same period, however, while the rate of reported over three day injurieswas down by 2.4 per cent. There were an estimated 7,800 new cases of work-related musculoskeletaldisorders and an estimated 6,600 new cases of work-related stress and mentalhealth problems seen by specialist physicians, said the Health and SafetyCommission. HSC chairman Bill Callaghan said, “We are greatly concerned by theincrease in fatalities in 2000/01 – which goes against the downward trend ofrecent years – and are taking firm action to encourage sustainable improvement.”All employers must look after their employees’ health and safety, aswell as that of members of the public affected by their workplace activities. “The HSC will do all it can to help them, and encourage action throughthe HSE and local authorities.” The commission has published its strategic plan for the next three years,setting out its key priorities for reducing work-related injuries andill-health. These are: – To reduce the number of working days lost per 100,000 workers fromwork-related injury and ill-health by 30 per cent by 2010. – To reduce the incidence rate of fatal and major injury incidents by 10 percent by 2010. – To reduce the incidence rate of cases of work-related ill-health by 20 percent by 2010 – To achieve half of each improvement target by 2004. www.hse.gov.uk/hsestats/ssb0001.pdf Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Workplace death rate risingOn 1 Dec 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Todaylast_img read more