RoSPA Reports Slight Fall in Fatal Workplace Accidents

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has reported that there has been a slight drop in fatal workplace accidents.

The provisional figures show that in Britain between 2011/2012 there were 173 people killed at work, a reduction of two from the previous year’s figures.

The rate of fatal accidents remained the same at 0.6 per 100,000 workers.

The obstruction industry accounted for 49 of the deaths, and agriculture finished on a total of 33 deaths for the year.

There were also 5 fatal work accidents in the waste and recycling industry, 31 deaths in manufacturing and finally 10 deaths in mining and quarrying.

In addition to the 173 deaths, 90 members of the public were killed in accidents connected to work.

A spokesperson from RoSPA said they were disappointed with the results:

“It is disappointing that workplace accident deaths have not fallen further. Work-related deaths shatter families and they also have massive consequences for businesses, communities and society as a whole.

“The figures for 2011/12 prove that we must remain focused on prevention. An important part of this involves helping employers, particularly smaller firms, get a handle on effective safety and health management, which we know can be a subject that is widely misinterpreted.”

The organisation also confirmed that they remain committed to playing its part in health and safety in the work place.

For further information, visit their website here.

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