Fatality figures in decline

Latest figures from the HSE show a drop in deaths since last year.

The provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured in 2013/14 is 133, and corresponds to a rate of fatal injury of 0.44 deaths per 100,000 workers.

The figure of 133 worker deaths in 2013/14 is 19% lower than the average for the past five years (164). The latest rate of fatal injury of 0.44 compares to the five-year average rate of 0.56.

The finalised figure for 2012/13 is 150 worker fatalities, and corresponds to a rate of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Due to the fluctuation of recent years, it is currently too early to confirm a further stepped improvement in fatality rates.

There were 70 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2013/14 (excluding railways-related incidents).