The Health and Safety Authority has reported a 30% reduction in work-related fatalities for 2021.

As of yesterday, December 30, 38 people had lost their lives in 2021, compared to 54 in 2020.

This represented the lowest figure recorded since the Health and Safety Authority was established over 30 years ago.

The farming sector saw a decline of over 50% with nine fatalities recorded in 2021 compared to 20 in 2020, but the sector still remains one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.

The construction sector also saw a 38% decline in work-related deaths with 10 workers losing their lives in 2021 following a spike in fatalities in 2020.

The HSA said that ten deaths is too many and smaller sites and contractors in particular need to ensure that worker safety is at the top of the priority list every day.

Today's figures show that the most common incident causes leading to deaths in workplace settings were the loss of control of a vehicle or its attachments (12) and falling from a height (10).



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