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2019 HSENI STATISTICS PUBLISHED

1st November 2019


2019 HSENI STATISTICS PUBLISHED

On 23 October 2019 the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) published its latest Annual Report which shows a significant decrease in major injuries. In 2018/19 major injuries were 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. Source: https://www.hseni.gov.uk/news/hseni-reports-decrease-serious-injuries

 

In order to understand the context of the workplace incidence of safety related injuries, we must use a comparator to evaluate this frequency. The HSE defines frequency rates, which include Injury rates and frequency rates. Published HSE injury incident rate give the number of people injured over a year in a group of 100,000 employees or workers. The frequency rate is the number of people injured over a year for each million1 hours worked by a group of employees or workers. Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/adhoc-analysis/injury-frequency-rates.pdf

 

NIRSA reports that in 2018, there were 817,000 people of working age (16-64) in employment in Northern Ireland (NI). Source: https://www.nisra.gov.uk/news/labour-force-survey-annual-report-2018 Therefore the major injury incidence rate in N. Ireland is 39.78 (325 / 817,000 * 100,000), which whilst any incidence is not acceptable, compares favourably against the Incident Rate of total reported Non-fatal injuries to employees in Great Britain in 2018/19 which was 254. Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/tables/ridind.xlsx 

 

Alternatively, if in 2018 there were 817,000 people of working age (16-64) in employment in Northern Ireland (NI) and there were 12 fatalities, then in basic terms, it could be considered that there is a 1 : 68,084 chance/risk of being killed in a workplace incident in N. Ireland. Similarly, if there were 325 major injuries, then in basic terms, it could be considered that there is a 1 : 2,514 chance/risk of having a specified or reportable injury in a workplace incident in N. Ireland.

 

These simple ratios are obviously not to be relied upon given the risk variance in different industry types and historic sector performance etc. eg. Over twice as many workplace deaths occur in agricultural as the rest of the combined sectors together. However, the ratio metrics are useful in enabling an understanding of at-work risk when compared to non-work related risk such as sports or domestic travel activities.

 

The PSNI statistics on injury road traffic collisions highlight there is also much work to be done in the wider transport sector, as 61 people were killed and 765 seriously injured in traffic collisions on the roads of Northern Ireland in 2018/19. Source: https://www.psni.police.uk/inside-psni/Statistics/road-traffic-collision-statistics/.



By Tony Duff - , 1st November 2019

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