HSE release latest work-related fatal injuries report

Fatal injuries to workers by main industry (2023/24).

In its latest report, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has outlined its annual statistics concerning work-related fatal injuries. The findings, released on 3 July, reveal that 138 workers were killed in work-related accidents in 2023/24, It showed that 51 of those were from the construction sector and this accounts for the greatest number of workers killed in fatal accidents during that period. This figure had increased by 4 from the previous year.

Male workers across all sectors continue to be most likely to suffer fatal injuries equalling 95%. Fifty deaths between 2023/2024 involved falls from height.

Commenting on the latest HSE data, showing a rise in work-related deaths in Great Britain for the second consecutive year, Dr Julie Riggs, director of education and membership for the British Safety Council, said: "The rise in work-related fatalities, as reported by the Health and Safety Executive, serves as a stark reminder that we cannot become complacent about the health and safety of workers. Put simply, the consequences of poor health and safety are too great a price to pay.

"For 50 years, the general direction of travel has seen safer workplaces with falling numbers of workplace deaths and non-fatal injuries; that for a second year this trend has reversed is cause for concern. It sends a message that we need to prioritise worker health and safety, understand the causes of rising fatalities, and take targeted action to return to falling figures and safer workplaces for all."

To read the report in full, visit: https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/assets/docs/fatalinjuries.pdf