Industries with high numbers of low paid migrant workers and workers on insecure contracts also report the greatest number of workplace deaths, according to the latest figures from HSE.

HSE annual figures show that 111 workers were fatally injured at work in the year to 31 March 2020. The largest share of fatalities was in construction, which recorded 40 deaths — 22 per cent above the previous year’s 31 fatalities in 2018/19 and four times as high as the all industry rate.

Twenty workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing died, representing a fatal injury rate of around 18 times as high as the all industry rate. There were 15 deaths in manufacturing and five fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers.

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