The HSE have published the latest “full year” statistics of fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR for the period 2012 – 2013. The provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured is 148, which corresponds with a rate of 0.5 deaths to every 100,000 workers. The figure is 18% lower than the average of 181 deaths over the past five years. The figures indicate a levelling off of the number of fatalities over the last five years rather than an overall trend upwards or downwards. In the same period there were 113 members of the public who were fatally injured in accidents connected with work excluding railways-related incidents. In respect of the latter industry sector, there were 310 deaths of members of the public on incidents on the railways in 2012 – 2013, including suicides and trespass which come within the scope of RIDDOR.

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