Product News - November 01
HSE PUBLISHES STATISTICS OF FATAL INJURIES FOR2002- 2003
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) today publishes the latest detailed statistics on fatal injuries in HSE and local authority (LA) enforced sectors in 2002/03 — Statistics of Fatal Injuries 2002/2003. The document can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/fatl0203.pdf
Fatal Injuries to Workers
The number and rate of worker fatal injury rose by around 30% in 2000/0 1 and then fell by 23% in the next two years to 2002/03. The rate of fatal injury is now at the same level as three years ago, and is around a third of that recorded in 1981.
In 2002/03, 107 (47%) of worker fatalities occurred in the two industries of construction (71) and agriculture (36).
Falls from a height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by moving/falling objects continue to be the three most common kinds of accident, together accounting for 53% of fatal injuries to workers in 2002/03.
In agriculture, the number of fatal injuries to workers fell to 36 in 2002/03 from 39 in 200 1/02. However, the rate of fatal injury to workers increased in 2002/03 to 9.5 per hundred thousand workers from 9.2 in 200 1/02, reflecting a reduction in the number of workers. The rate of fatal injury to workers is higher now than in the early 1990s.
In construction, the number of fatal injuries to workers has fallen over the past two years, from 105 in 2000/01 to 71 in 2002/03. The number is now lower than the average for the 1990s. The rate of fatal injury to workers dropped by 9% to 4.0 per hundred thousand workers in 2002/03 from 4.4 in 2001/02. The rate is now one of the lowest on record.
In manufacturing, the number of fatal injuries to workers fell to 41 in 2002/03 from 48 in 2001/02. The rate of fatal injury to workers in 2002/03 is 1.1 per hundred thousand workers, compared with 1.2 in 2001/02. The current rate lower than in most of the 1990s, however, the rate has fluctuated over the last decade with no upward or downward trend.
In service industries in 2002/03, there were 75 fatal injuries to workers, compared with 70 in 2001/02 and 83 in 2000/01. The rate of fatal injury to workers rose from 0.31 per hundred thousand workers to 0.33 in 2002/03 but remains lower than in most of the 1990s. The two industries which displayed the greatest increase in the number of fatal injuries were transport which increased by 5 to 21 in 2002/03 and wholesale trade which increased by 5 to 9 in 2002/03. However, variation in individual industries at this level is not uncommon, and these two industries had shown a decrease in 2001/02: transport from 31 to 16 and wholesale trade from 6 to 4.
In extractive and utility supply industries in 2002/03, there were three fatal injuries to workers, compared with 14 in 2001/02. In 2002/03, the rate of fatal injury is 1.4 per hundred thousand workers, compared with 6.5 in 2001/02. However, the rate is more susceptible to fluctuation due to the small number of fatalities involved. The fatalities in 2002/03 occurred in quarrying and in the supply of electricity.
For the combined three-year period of 2000/0 1 to 2002/03, the industries with the highest rate of fatal injury to employees include the recycling of waste and scrap (19.9 per hundred thousand workers), the quarrying of stone/ore (9.8), the extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas (8.5), and sewage and refuse disposal (7.2).
Members of the Public
The number of members of the public fatally injured in 2002/03 is 392, of which 256 resulted from acts of suicide or trespass on railways. For 2001/02, the corresponding figures are 393 and 266 respectively. In 2002/03, of the non-railway fatal injuries, 80 were in the services industry, of which 45 were in health services.
Copies of Statistics of Fatal Injuries 2002/03 are free and can be ordered from the Safety and Enforcement Statistics Unit, Health and Safety Executive, Room 403, Daniel House, Bootle, Merseyside L20 7HE, tel: 0151 951 3864/4600, fax:0152 951 3827. The book is also available online at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/fatl0203pdf.
PUBLIC ENQUIRIES: Call HSE’s InfoLine, tel: 08701 545500, or write to: HSE Information Services, Caerphilly Business Park, Caerphilly CF83 3GG.
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