HSE publish the latest workplace fatality statistics

2015 / 2016 HSE workplace stats 

The HSE has released provisional figures indicating that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/5.

The figures have been broken down to key sectors:

  • 43 workers deaths in construction
  • 27 deaths in agriculture
  • 27 deaths in manufacturing
  • 6 deaths in waste and recycling
  • 41 in various other sectors

There was a further 103 deaths for members of the public connected to work in 2015/16.

Although these may seem high compared with other statistics available for the rest of Europe the UK to be one of the safest places to work.

Mesothelioma, one of the few work related diseases where deaths can be counted directly, contracted through past exposure to asbestos killed 2,515 in Great Britain in 2014 compared to 2,556 in 2013.

A more detailed assessment of the data will be provided as part of the annual Health and Safety Statistics release in early November.

Further information on these statistics can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm