The HSE has just released the fatal injury statistics for 2009 / 2010. The provisional figure shows 151 fatalities compared with 178 last year. Although this reduction is commendable we must not forget that 151 people did loose their lives, many more friends and family members have the heartache and grief of losing a loved one. Also let us not forget those persons who witnessed these accidents. They could be traumatised, may be unable to continue work adding further to the sadness and misery each fatality brings.
Last year the UK was in recession with output and activity down. Are the fatality figures therefore, a true reflection?
We are told that the fatality rate for 2009 / 2010 represents a statistically significant decrease compared to the average rate for the last 5 years. Ideally we need to see the number of fatalites reduce year on year or at the very least, remain constant and not rise as Britain continues to come out of the recession.
We all have a role to play in reducing accidents in the workplace, accept your responsibilty.
Follow this link to see the HSE’s fatal injury statistics and the worker fatalities by industry.