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All time low in fatal injuries to workers 07/07/2014 The number of workers killed in Britain last year has fallen to the lowest annual rate on record, according to the latest statistics from the HSE

All time low in fatal injuries to workers

The number of workers killed in Britain last year has fallen to the lowest annual rate on record, according to the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These show that 133 workers were fatally injured between April 2013 and March 2014, compared with 150 in the previous year.

Twenty of these workers were Scottish, down from the average of 21 deaths per year over the past five years, and down from last year’s figure of 23 deaths.

“Any death at work is a death too many,” said Minister of State for Health and Safety, Mike Penning. “But these statistics show that workplaces are getting safer."

The HSE has also released figures showing the latest number of deaths from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. These reveal that 2,535 people died in 2012, which is an increase from 2,291 in 2011.

According to HSE Chair Judith Hackitt, the high numbers of deaths relating to mesothelioma are a reminder of historically poor standards of workplace health and safety.

“While we now recognise and are better positioned to manage such health risks, these statistics are a stark reminder of the importance of keeping health standards in the workplace on a par with those we apply to safety,” she said.
 

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