Last reviewed 6 July 2022

Construction continues to be the most dangerous sector as it recorded 30 deaths in the period from April 2021 to March 2022, according to the latest figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Overall, 123 workers were killed in work-related accidents in Great Britain in that period with manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and fishing (both with 22) having high fatality figures. Agriculture, forestry and fishing actually has the highest rate of fatal injury per 100,000 workers.

The figures relate to work-related accidents and do not include deaths arising from occupational diseases or diseases arising from certain occupational exposures (including Covid-19).

The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be falling from height (29), being struck by a moving vehicle (23) and being struck by a moving object (18).

Lower than the previous year, the number of worker deaths in 2021/22 is in line with pre-pandemic figures. Although there has been a long-term downward trend in the rate of fatal injuries to workers, in the years prior to the coronavirus pandemic the rate was broadly flat.

HSE’s Chief Executive Sarah Albon said: “While Great Britain is one of the safest countries in the world to work, today’s figures show we must continue to ensure safety remains a priority. Every loss of life is a tragedy, and we are committed to making workplaces safer and holding employers to account for their actions, as part of our mission to protect people and places.”

She noted that a further 80 members of the public were killed following a work-related accident in 2021/22. This is an increase on the previous year but below the pre-pandemic level and is likely to reflect the various Covid-19 restrictions in place.

The HSE has also published the annual figures for mesothelioma, which is a cancer that can be caused by past exposure to asbestos. The figures show that 2544 people died from the disease in 2020. This is in line with the average of 2523 deaths over the previous eight years.