Health & Safety

The HSE has published statistics which show that the number of employees who were killed at work in the UK has reduced from the previous year.

148 workers died last year, compared to 172 the year before. The UK continues to have one of the lowest rates of fatal workplace accidents in Europe.

The majority of the injuries were in industries such as construction (39), agriculture (29) and waste and recycling (10). Whilst deaths in the construction and agricultural sectors have decreased in the last year there has been an increase in the number of deaths in the waste and recycling industry.

Of the 148 fatal injuries, 22 of them were in Scotland. This is an increase from 19 the previous year, which highlights the importance of continuing to ensure health and safety in the workplace.

Andy Forsyth

Managing Associate at Brodies LLP
Andrew is a Health & Safety lawyer with a particular interest in all things marine. He acts for clients in defending claims arising from accidents at sea, in the oil sector, and on ferries and fishing vessels.
Andy Forsyth