The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently revealed that 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020 (a rate of 0.34 deaths per 100,000 workers). Whilst this is the lowest year figure on record, with a fall of 38 deaths in comparison to the previous year, these statistics highlight that employers must do more to safeguard their employees from preventable work-related accidents.
Everyone has the right to return home safe and healthy each day with the comfort of knowing that their employer has provided a safe working environment. However, each year hundreds of workers in the UK don’t return home and become a part of a growing statistic of work-related fatalities, and this previous year has been no exception.
The industry sectors which need to do more to protect their workers are construction and the agricultural sector. In the study, it was found that construction workers were the most likely to face injuries at work, with 40 fatal injuries recorded since 2019. The fatal injury rate (1.31 per 100,000 workers) is three times higher than the all industry rate, highlighting that health and safety must become a key priority for the sector. The report further highlighted that agricultural, forestry and fishing workers accounted for a large share of the annual fatality count, with 20 fatal injuries, around 18 times as high as the all industry rate.
The three most common causes of fatal injuries continued to be workers falling from height (29 fatalities), being struck by a moving vehicle (20 fatalities) and being struck by a moving object (18 fatalities) accounting for 60 percent of all fatal injuries in 2019/2020.
Minimising Risk & Reducing Workplace Fatalities
To reduce workplace injuries and fatalities, the most important step you can take is training your workforce. Educating, or re-educating, all of your staff on best practice when it comes to health and safety should be a regular commitment by your organisation. By investing in regular and robust health and safety training by accredited health and safety professionals, you can minimise the risk of work-related accidents and emergencies and provide your staff with the education and skills to best respond to accidents if they occur.
A major step in reducing workplace fatalities is by simply identifying and removing foreseeable risks within your working environment. By conducting regular and robust risk assessments, you can identify hazardous practices, equipment and infrastructure which may pose a risk to your employees, with the foresight to put measures in place to reduce the impact of foreseeable risks.
Ongoing Safety Monitoring
Ongoing safety monitoring plays a vital role in reducing injuries in the workplace, especially for employees working alone with increased risk. By actively monitoring safety – employees, management and even emergency responders can work together to identify risks and respond appropriately to ensure safety in the workplace is achieved.
At Safe Shores Monitoring, ongoing safety monitoring is at the heart of everything we do – it’s even in our name! We support tens of thousands of lone workers across the country to stay safe in the workplace with the help from our Archangel Personal Safety Management System.
Ongoing safety monitoring is achieved with Archangel with the help of our unique range of personal safety apps and devices which are used to alert your company if a worker needs help. Our personal safety devices have an array of features which protect your workforce, including an impact detector, a man down alarm, regular welfare checks, location tracking and most importantly, an SOS button. All of these features seamlessly connect to Archangel to allow you to monitor your employees safety anytime, anywhere.
To further support the health and safety of your staff, all of our wearable technologies are connected to our 24-hour Alarm Receiving Centre which responds to all emergency calls within 2 seconds, by-passing all 999 calls to make sure that workers at risk receive priority help from the emergency services.
With a combination of regular risk assessments, regular training and ongoing safety monitoring, you can ensure that your organisation as a whole has a safe system of work in place to safeguard all staff from foreseeable risks.