The Health and Safety Executive(HSE) has released its annual figures for the number of work-related fatalities in2019/20, as well asthe number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer,mesothelioma, in 2018.

The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020 (a rate of 0.34 deaths per 100,000 workers), the lowest year on record. This represents a fall of 38 deaths from the previous year, though it is likely that this fall was accentuated by the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economy in the final two months of the year.

HSE – 2nd July 2020