Health and safety in the workplace is improving with a decline in serious and fatal injuries over the past year, according to new figures released from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this week.
Provisional statistics published by the HSE report 148 worker deaths between April 2012 and March 2013, down from 171 the previous year.
The average number of employee deaths in the workplace over the past five years was 181 per year, the HSE said.
Figures also show 19,707 workers suffered major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns in 2012/13, compared with 22,094 in 2011/12.
HSE chair Judith Hackitt said: “This year’s figures demonstrate that Britain continues to improve its health and safety performance, but we still see too many deaths and injuries occur in the workplace, many of which could have been prevented through simple safety measures.
“As the economy grows, new and inexperienced additions to the workforce can increase in the risk of injuries to workers.”
Construction continues to be a high-risk industry with 156 major injuries per 100,000 employees, according to the HSE figures.
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