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Ag branded UK’s deadliest industry as deaths make up more than 20% of workplace stats

The sector has a rate of injury some 18 times higher than the average across all industries.

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Ag branded UK’s deadliest industry as deaths make up more than 20% of workplace stats

More than one in five workplace fatalities occurred on farms last year as agriculture was branded the deadliest industry in the UK.

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outed the figures on Wednesday (July 3), showing that 32 people out of the total 147 workers killed between April 2018 and March 2019 were involved in the industry.

 

The figure was up from the annual average of 29 between 2014/15 and 2018/19 – with the rate of fatal injury per 100,000 workers also up from 8.29 to 9.21.


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Sixty four per cent of those killed in agriculture were self-employed.

 

HSE chairman Martin Temple said: “These statistics remind us that, in certain sectors of the economy, workplace deaths remain worryingly high.

 

“Agriculture, forestry and fishing accounts for a small fraction of the workforce of Great Britain, yet accounted for over 20 per cent of worker fatalities in the last year.

 

“This is unacceptable and more much be done to prevent such fatalities taking place.”

 

The sector has a rate of injury some 18 times higher than the average across all industries.

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