Rate of fatal accidents at work falls

Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has said the number of fatal accidents at
work has dropped, but is still calling on employers to include safety records
in annual reports.

figures released by the HSC today show that the number of deaths at work has
fallen by about 15 per cent, with the rate of fatal injuries dropping from 1.03
to .88 per 100,000 workers.

the figures are still 13 per cent higher than two years ago and HSC chairman
Bill Callaghan said that 249 workplace deaths is still unacceptable.

also called on employers to implement more robust risk assessments, training
schemes and benchmarking against other companies.


By Ross Wigham

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