REDUCTION IN FATAL ACCIDENTS AT WORK: BUT THE FIGURES MUST BE TREATED WITH CAUTION

FATAL ACCIDENTS AND ACTIONS ARISING FROM DEATH

The HSE today reported a welcome reduction in fatalities in the workplace.  Workplace deaths are at an “all time low”.

HSE has also today released the latest number of deaths from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. These show that 2,535 people died in 2012, which is an increased from 2,291 in 2011.

However, as this blog recorded in November last year, these figures may not tell the entire picture.  The TUC reported

“The end result of this trawl through official, albeit buried, data takes us from 148 deaths to almost 14,000 deaths in 2012/1013,” he said. “But the under-estimate does not stop there. As the HSE now openly acknowledges, there are significant categories of deaths – at sea, or associated with the airline industry, for example – which are occupational but recorded by other agencies. But by far the biggest omission are the deaths of those who…

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