Statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive show an increase in the number of fatalities as a result of falls from height

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Press Release

Published: July 7, 2023

Latest statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that there were one hundred and thirty-five workers killed in work-related incidents in Great Britain compared with one hundred and twenty-three last year.

The annual data published by Great Britain’s workplace regulator, HSE, covers the period from April 2022 to March 2023. The industry with the highest number of workplace fatalities was construction which accounted for 45% of deaths.

The three most common causes of fatal injuries from across all business sectors were reported as falls from height (40), being struck by a moving object (29), and being struck by a moving vehicle (20).

The statistics have been published only weeks after the government indicated its intention to abandon plans to scrap thousands of EU-era laws which were due to expire at the end of the year. These included Working at Height Regulations (WAHR).

Robert Candy, Chief Executive, Scaffolding Association said; “There is no doubt that since WAHR were introduced, they have helped to improve safety and reduce fatalities within the workplace. These latest statistics emphasise their importance and whilst common sense prevailed in May when the government sighted their intention to keep them, one workplace fatality is one too many so there is much work to do”.

You can see the HSE statistics and statement in full here: Work-related fatality figures published | HSE Media Centre


Notes for editors

The Scaffolding Association is the UK’s largest dedicated trade association representing the Scaffolding and Access industry.

The construction sector employs 2.7 million people, and contributes over £100bn to the UK economy which is 7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Press contact: Chris Seaton – [email protected] or 07979 531464