Fatal Accident Figures Fall
By Mark Foley
Workplace deaths within the agricultural sector are at an all time low according to the Health and Safety Executive annual report. There has been a fall of more than 20% on last year's numbers and is the joint lowest figure since 1986/7.
While there is little consolation for the 41 bereaved families this year, industries adopting a positive safety culture can provide welcoming reductions in workplace accidents.
Elderly victims account for almost a quarter of the deaths and non-workers may also be involved in workplace accidents, sometimes with fatal consequences. All too frequently, hazards and disregard for risks lead to injuries that could have been prevented with appropriate training or application of health and safety guidelines.
Sports ground maintenance workers are exposed to similar risks, especially when operating powerful machinery or dispensing treatment chemicals.
This year, HSE also report on the total number of accidents and costs, with some recent case studies highlighting key causes.
Child safety, especially on or near farms, remains a priority with two fatalities recorded last year. Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, Bill Callaghan expressed concern to the National Farmers Union over the number of children suffering fatal or major injuries.
Visit www.hse.gov.uk/agriculture/information.htm for more information.