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Provisional data shows that a total of 142 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2020/21, an increase of 29 from the previous year, though the number of deaths in 2019/20 (113) was low compared to other recent years.

In statistical terms the number of fatalities has remained broadly level in recent years – the average annual number of workers killed at work over the five years 2016/17-2020/21 is 136.

Over the past 20 years there has been a long-term reduction in the number of workplace fatalities, demonstrating that Great Britain is one of the safest places to work in the world.

The figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) relate to workplace incidents. They do not include deaths arising from occupational exposure to disease, including Covid-19.

Sarah AlbonHSE’s Chief Executive, Sarah Albon, said: “The working world in which we now live has created new health challenges for workers and for those who have a duty towards them, safety must also remain a priority.

“Whilst the picture has improved considerably over the longer term and Great Britain is one of the safest places to work in the world, every loss of life is a tragedy, we are committed to ensuring that workplaces are as safe as they can be and that employers are held to account and take their obligations seriously.”

The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be:

  • Workers falling from height (35).
  • Being struck by a moving vehicle (25), and
  • Being struck by a moving object (17).

Those three causes of death account for more than half of fatalities in 2020/21.

These figures also continue to highlight the risks to older workers with around 30% of fatal injuries in 2020/21 involving workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers only make up around 11% of the workforce.

In addition, members of the public continue to be killed in connection with work-related incidents. In 2020/21, 60 members of the public were killed as a result of a work-related incident.

The figures for Mesothelioma, which is a cancer contracted through past exposure to asbestos and is one of the few work-related diseases where deaths can be counted directly, show 2,369 people died in Great Britain in 2019. This is 7% lower than the average of 2,540 deaths over the previous seven years.

Current mesothelioma deaths largely reflect occupational asbestos exposures that occurred before the 1980s. The figure for 2019 is consistent with projections that a reduction in total annual deaths would start to become apparent at this point. However, it is still not certain how quickly annual deaths will decline.

A fuller assessment of work-related ill-health and injuries, drawing on HSE’s full range of data sources, will be provided as part of the annual Health and Safety Statistics release on 16 December 2021.

Click here to see the Health and Safety Executive’s report.

..NEBOSH HSE Award in Managing Risks & Risk Assessment (RAW)

An introductory level qualification that looks at health and safety risk management at work and the process to be adopted for controlling health and safety risks caused by workplace hazards.

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.NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is designed to reflect the needs of today's employer giving learners everything they need to know and do to make their workplace safer.

Accreditation: nebosh Duration: 10 days View Details View Dates

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Over the years RCES (UK) Ltd have worked with organisations to write and present bespoke courses designed to meet the specific needs of individual clients.

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Conflict Management level 2 (RQF)

The Highfield Level 2 Award in Conflict Management (RQF) has been developed to meet the requirements of individuals who require training in conflict management.

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IOSH Health & Safety for the Fire & Rescue Service v1.0

This four day course is specifically designed for the Fire and Rescue Service and approved by IOSH at Managing Safely level.

Accreditation: iosh Duration: 4 days View Details View Dates

IOSH Leading Safely v2.0

Whatever the size of your organisation, the course will show you how investing in safety and health can reap valuable business benefits, including better productivity, increased profits, an enhanced reputation and a stronger brand

Accreditation: iosh Duration: 1 day View Details View Dates

IOSH Managing Safely v5.0

IOSH Managing Safely for Managers and Supervisors in any sector

Accreditation: iosh Duration: 4 days View Details View Dates

IOSH Working Safely v5.0

The IOSH Working Safely course is a one day programme designed for people at any level in any sector needing grounding in the essentials of health and safety. 

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Legionella Awareness (Hot & cold water systems)

This qualification is aimed at those who work in environments where legionella growth is a risk. and aims to raise awareness to prevent waterborne disease caused by legionella bacteria associated with hot and cold water systems.

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NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation

NEBOSH and Great Britain's Health and Safety Regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have joined forces to develop a one day qualification that shows how non-complex incidents can be investigated effectively.

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Principles of Health and Safety within the Workplace level 1 (RQF)

This qualification is designed for those learners either currently working or those returning or starting work and wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification in health and safety.

Accreditation: highfield Duration: Half day View Details

Principles of Health and Safety within the Workplace level 2 (RQF)

This qualification is intended for learners already in workplaces and those who are preparing to start or return to work.

Accreditation: highfield Duration: 1 day View Details View Dates

Risk Assessment level 2 (RQF)

This qualification is designed to be an introduction to the principles of Risk Assessment.

Accreditation: highfield Duration: 1 day View Details View Dates

Safe Moving and Handling level 2 (RQF)

This qualification is an introduction to moving and handling activities for those starting work, returning to work or who need specific training in manual handling

Accreditation: highfield Duration: 1 day View Details View Dates

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