HSE(Northern Ireland) Annual Health and Safety At Work Statistics Report & Statement of Accounts 2018/19
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has published its latest Annual Report which shows an increase in fatal injuries at work but a decrease in major injuries for 2018/19, down by 28% to 325 compared to 453 in the previous year.
Fatal injuries during 2018/19 increased to 12 compared to 11 in 2017/18. Of the 12 fatal injuries, seven occurred in agriculture, three in construction, one in manufacturing and one in the local authority sector.
HSENI stated that “HSENI is disappointed that the number of workplace deaths had increased but welcomed the drop in major injuries which often have devastating life-changing outcomes for workers. HSENI restated its intention to work with industry to ensure the focus remains on ensuring the safety and health of workers and will continue to raise awareness of issues in the workplace associated with chronic ill-health and worker safety. HSENI remains focused on the important work of stopping unsafe working practices and making industries and Northern Ireland’s workplaces as safe and healthy as possible.”
The Annual Report highlights the work HSENI undertakes ranging from partnering with organisations to provide advice and raise health and safety awareness to its enforcement and inspection role. It is also worth noting that this is the first year of the HSENI Corporate Plan 2018-23, a Plan which sets out HSENI’s commitment to improving health and safety standards across all sectors in Northern Ireland.
During 2018/19, HSENI carried out 5,522 safety inspections of workplaces and served 222 formal enforcement notices where poor health and safety practices were found. It dealt with 844 complaints about alleged unsatisfactory working conditions and activities, prepared amendments to 19 Northern Ireland Statutory Rules, prepared eight sets of regulations (including five in relation to the UK’s Exit from the EU) and published two revised Approved Codes of Practice; organised six events on issues such as waste and recycling safety, asbestos management, construction health and safety and product safety; held or attended 61 promotional events including seminars, lectures, workshops and presentations, with 145 published materials; distributed over 13,595 free publications giving health and safety advice and dealt with 6,473 calls for information via its HSE(NI) Freephone Helpline and enabled website visitors to download over 113,605 publication files.
A Copy of the report, including a ‘Key facts and figures’ summary, is attached.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer