Provisional data released earlier this month by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) shows that a total of 142 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2020/21, an increase of 29 from the previous year. They do not include deaths arising from occupational exposure to disease, including Covid-19: https://press.hse.gov.uk/2021/07/07/hse-releases-annual-workplace-fatality-figures-for-2020-21/
The HSE data shows that the three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be workers falling from height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving object, accounting for more than half of fatalities in 2020/21. The figures also highlight the risks to older workers, with around 30% of fatal injuries in 2020/21 involving workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers only make up around 11 per cent of the workforce.
Julie Harris, partner and head of the personal injury team at Allan McDougall Solicitors, commented: “It is shocking to see a rise in workplace fatalities especially in a year when fewer people were ‘at work’. Some employers are clearly falling well short of their duty to maintain safety standards and this is most concerning.”