Last reviewed 2 July 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its latest annual statistics for work-related fatalities, which show that 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020.

The figure of 111 deaths represents a fall of 38 deaths compared to last year, although the HSE acknowledges that the decline has been accentuated by the impact of the coronavirus on business activities in the final two months of the period.

These figures represent only fatal injuries and do not include deaths from occupational disease. Therefore, Covid-19 fatalities are not part of the new statistics and will not feature in fatal injury statistics in subsequent years.

The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents reveal the following.

  • A total of 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020 (a rate of 0.34 deaths per 100,000 workers), the lowest year on record.

  • The new figure of 111 deaths included 40 fatal injuries to construction workers, 20 fatal injuries to agricultural, forestry and fishing workers and 5 fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers.

  • The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be:

    • workers falling from height (29)

    • being struck by a moving vehicle (20)

    • being struck by a moving object (18)

    accounting for 60% of fatal injuries in 2019/20.

  • The new figures continue to highlight the risks to older workers; 27% of fatal injuries in 2019/20 were to workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers make up only around 10% of the workforce.

Announcing the figures, Sarah Albon, the HSE’s Chief Executive, said, “No one should be hurt or killed by the work they do… Every workplace fatality is a tragedy and while we are encouraged by this improvement, today’s statistics are a reminder that we cannot become complacent as we look to continue to work together to make Great Britain an even safer place to live and work.”