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Agriculture continues to have the poorest safety record

Today the HSE published its report on Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain 2018.  The report can be found here:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/fatalinjuries.pdf

The report covers all industries in Great Britain and gives a headline figure for major industrial sectors in GB.

Points to note are:

  • Increase in the total for GB – 144 this yr c.f. 137 in 2016/2017
  • Worker deaths for agriculture are 29 this yr. c.f. 27 last yr (p 2 of the report)
  • Agriculture continues to have the poorest safety record  - measured by deaths per 100,000 employed

Sector

Rate per 100,000 workers 2017/2018

Rate per 100,000 workers

2013 to 2018

Construction

1.66

1.77

Agriculture

8.44

8.20

Manufacturing

0.52

0.65

Transport

0.96

0.91

Waste & recycling

10.26

7.22

Coms, business services

0.16

0.14

All industry

0.45

0.45

  • GB wide (not just agriculture) falls from height and transport are the biggest cause of death (p6)
  • For agriculture there were 9 cattle related deaths last yr c.f. 2 in 2016/17
  • 44% of fatal injuries in agriculture were to self-employed farmers/workers (p8)