Falls From Heights Cause The Highest Workplace Fatalities of 2020/21
In the year of 2020/21, 142 workers were killed in work related accidents. Of these 142 deaths, 35 resulted from a fall from a height, making this kind of incident responsible for the most fatalities in the year. The rate of fatal injuries generally showed a downward trend, though it has been mostly flat in recent years.
The average number of employees killed at work over the past five years is 136. This showed that this year’s number of fatalities is slightly above average.
Impact On The Public
60 members of the public were also killed in 2020/21 because of a work-related accident. This figure was significantly lower than previous year, which is likely because of the lockdown restrictions that were placed on the British public.
Differences In Employees
This year’s statistics also found that the rate of fatalities is greater for those in an older age bracket. 30% of the fatal injuries in 2020/21 were to workers who were aged 60 or over, but this age group only makes up 11% of the workforce.
In addition to this, fatal injuries to workers happen mainly to males. In 2020/21, 97% of all worker fatalities were to males, which is a similar number to previous years.
The proportion of fatalities differs depending on the type of worker. Those who were self-employed had 2.5 times the injury rate of those who were employees. This figure does vary depending on the industry.
How Do We Compare Internationally?
It has been shown that England consistently has a lower injury rate than either Scotland or Wales. When we look beyond the United Kingdom, we can see that England has one of the lowest rates of fatalities at work.
However, injury rates are strongly influenced by variations in the mixture of both industries and occupations. In England, there is a greater proportion of people working in lower risk jobs than in Scotland and Wales. The country injury rate doesn’t consider the varying composition of the workforce between England, Scotland, and Wales.
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