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Falls From Height ‘Second Most Common Cause Of Death At Work’

According to a recent report, between March 2016 and March 2017, 137 people suffered fatal injuries in the workplace.

Falls from height are the second most common cause of fatal accidents at work, according to recent figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The organisation reports that between March 2016 and March 2017, 137 people suffered fatal injuries in the workplace. The figure follows the downward trend recorded in recent years, but is now levelling off, the numbers suggest.

Among the most common industries to report fatalities during the period was the construction sector, which accounted for 30 deaths over the course of the year - although the figure is the lowest on record for the sector.

Of the total number of fatal accidents, 25 occurred as a result of falling from height - the second most common cause of death in the workplace. Workers aged between 16 and 59 accounted for the majority of fatalities - 98 in total, while 34 people aged 60 or over lost their lives in the workplace, the results show.

The risks are clearly identifiable within the renewables and offshore wind were direct employees, technicians and the supply chain and contractors experience when undertaking work on offshore infrastructure and at wind farms.

Commenting on the latest figures, chairman of the HSE, Martin Temple said that fatalities at work are tragic events that happen needlessly.

“While we are encouraged by this improvement on the previous year, we continue unwaveringly on our mission to prevent injury, death and ill health by protecting people and reducing risks,” he added.

According to statistics, the rate of fatal injury over the course of the year was 0.43 per 100,000 workers, which marks the second lowest year on record for fatalities at work. Over the last 20 years, fatal injuries in the workplace have halved.

If you undertake work within the renewables and wind sectors, gain your GWO work at height accreditation, delivered by HFR Solutions CIC. Contact us today to find out more.

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