Workplace fatalities show there is still room for improvement in employer health and safety
Published: 27 July 2018 - Victoria White
Since 2013, official statistics show that the number of people that have died due to workplace accidents and injuries has remained broadly flat, but employers still need to step up their health and safety efforts, according to Midland Pallet Trucks.
The latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) find that 144 UK workers were killed during 2017/18. Employees in the construction sector face the most significant risks, followed by agriculture, manufacturing, and transport and storage. While the figure is significantly lower than it was during the late 80s and 90s, there’s still room for improvement and a need to ensure that all workplaces are compliant with health and safety standards.
Phil Chesworth, managing director of Midland Pallet Trucks, said, “Many workplace injuries and fatalities can be avoided when the right equipment, processes, and training is in place. The most recent HSE statistics of workplace fatalities are among the lowest recorded but that doesn’t mean employers should think their work is done, they should always be striving to make their work environment is secure, safe, and considers the health of their employees.”
The HSE figures revealed that falls from height contributed to the largest portion of deaths, following by being struck by a moving vehicle, and being struck by a moving object, signalling a need for employers to focus on these areas to bring the fatality rate down even lower. Since the 80s, the overall trend for workplace deaths has been decreasing thanks to improved regulation, equipment, and safety measures. However, the figure has remained flat since 2012/13.
Midland Pallet Trucks, which stocks a range of essential items, including aerial work platforms, manual stacker trucks, and hand pallet trucks, is now urging employers to take the initiative to ensure they provide safe environments for their employees, whether they work on construction sites or retail fulfilment centres.
Source: Industrial Compliance