Provisional data recently released by the HSE indicate that the number of workers killed at work in the last year has dropped to the lowest annual rate on record. 133 workers were killed between April 2013 – March 2014, compared to 150 in the previous year. There was also a drop in the rate of fatal injury, now 0.44 per 100,000 workers compared to 0.51 in the previous year. Figures show that the rate of fatal injuries in key sectors of agriculture, construction and waste and recycling had all fallen from the previous year. However, the HSE also released figures which showed an increase in deaths from mesothelioma (a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos) to 2,535 in 2012 from 2,011 the year before.
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