Number of Brits killed at work falls

Published:  01 July, 2010

HSE has announced that the number of people killed at work in Britain has fallen to "a record low".

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that the number of people killed at work in Britain fell last year to "a record low".

HSE released provisional data showing that 151 workers were killed between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010, compared to 178 deaths in the previous year and an average of 220 deaths per year over the last five years.

Judith Hackett, HSE's chair, said: "As with all health and safety statistics, [this] announcement is a combination of encouraging news about improvement but also a salutary reminder of the tragedies of lives lost at work."

The organisation also claimed that these new figures show that Britain has had the lowest rate of fatal injuries in the workplace for six years, compared with Germany, France, Spain and Italy.