Workplace Fatalities

Twenty years ago there were typically in excess of 250 people killed at work annually. In recent years this has dropped to closer to 150 deaths at work per year. In 2013/14 and 2014/15 the number of worker deaths was reported to be 136 and 142 respectively.

In 2013-14 the names of 171 people killed at work indicate that 19 of them were women, i.e., 11% women and 89% men. However, confusingly, 47 of these 171 people were classified as “members of the public”. Of the 19 women listed, 17 were members of the public (11 of which died “whilst under medical or residential care”). Hence, only 2 women workers died, compared with 122 worker deaths of men, i.e., 98% of worker deaths were men.

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