Fall in workplace deaths last year

Picture: Michael Cooper
Picture: Michael Cooper

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has published its latest Annual Report which shows that the number of workplace deaths fell considerably during 2015/16.

In 2015/16 workplace fatalities were down 48% to 12 compared to 23 in the previous year. Farm related fatalities were down from nine to six and construction fatalities fell from five to two in 2015-16 compared to the previous year.

While workplace fatalities decreased the number of major injuries reported increased 10% on last year, showing that companies cannot afford to be complacent.

HSENI’s Chief Executive Keith Morrison said: “Each fatality is a tragic event and is devastating for the family left behind. HSENI is committed to preventing loss of life and reducing the number of workplace incidents.

“While it is encouraging that there has been a decrease in the number of workplace fatalities, the overall number of serious incidents remains too high. We will continue to focus on those activities and work areas where the most serious injuries are known to occur.

“HSENI will also continue to focus its resources on reducing occupational ill-health, such as occupational lung disorders and cancers, and improving the safety performance across all work sectors.”

The Annual Report highlights the work HSENI undertakes ranging from partnering with organisations to provide advice and raise health and safety awareness to its enforcement and inspection role.