New figures have been released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in relation to accidents at work and workplace injuries in 2015/16.

144 fatal accidents at work, 621,000 other workplace accidents from self-reports and 72,702 other accidents at work were reported from employers under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) in 2015/16. These figures have remained largely the same from 2014/15, where there were 142 fatal accidents at work reported, 611,000 self-reported accidents at work and 76,000 accidents reported by employers through RIDDOR.

Is its estimated around 4.5 million working days were lost in 2015/16 as a result of workplace injuries.

The main cause of fatal accidents in the workplace was due to falling from a height, making up 26% of fatal workplace accidents. This was followed by being struck by a moving vehicle at 19% and being struck by a moving object at 10%.

The main cause of non-fatal accidents at work was manual handling, lifting and carrying at 20%, closely followed by slips, trips and falls at 19%. Non-fatal accidents as a result of being struck by a moving object were the same as fatal workplace accidents at 10%.

Although numbers in reported injuries and accidents at work were reducing, these seem to be levelling out in recent years. This may have reflected a push in workplace safety which is now at a standard level, but more can be done to help reduce accidents and make workplaces safer.

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