Fatal accidents at work on the decline

The
number of workers killed in accidents at work has dropped by 10 per cent over
the past 12 months, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

New
figures show the number of people fatally injured while at work dropped from
251 in 2001-02 to 226 in 2002-03.

The
rate of fatal injuries also fell, by around 10 per cent to 0.79 per hundred
thousand, compared to 0.88 in 2001-02.

However,
the figures still remain at similar levels to those three years ago, after a
massive 30 per cent increase in deaths at work in 2000-01 and a steady decline
in the following three years.

Falls
from height, being struck by a moving vehicle and getting hit by falling
objects continue to be the most common kinds of accidents, together accounting
for 53 per cent of fatal injuries in the workplace.

www.hse.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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