At the end of October, the HSE released their latest health and safety figures, detailing the number of workers involved in health and safety incidents for the last financial year (between April 2011 and March 2012).
Although there has been some improvements in certain areas, the number of people fatally injured at work in Britain remains constant with the previous years’ figures, the rate set at 0.6 per 1,000 workers – or 173 in real figures
Britain still has one of the lowest levels of fatal injuries in Europe, but these figures show that the health and safety industry needs to keep on its toes to see the reductions in fatal incidents countinue like we have in previous years.
Judith Hackitt, the chair of the HSE commented that they “want employers to focus on the real risks that continue to cause it death and serious injury. HSE is working very hard to make it easier for people to understand what they need to do and focus on the real priorities.” The full press release from HSE can be seen here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/hse-fatals1112.htm.
Britannia Safety and Training, provide health and safety training to a variety of industries to help increase the awareness of risks in the workplace. Curiously, the construction industry had the highest rate of fatal injuries followed by agriculture and waste and recycling. Britannia offers a wide range of construction training courses and safety courses that cover working at height: PASMA and IPAF courses.
For more information about any courses offered by Britannia, browse our courses section or phone one of the team on 0800 0149016.