The Health and Safety Executive has released its annual work-related fatality report for 2018/19.
The provisional annual data shows that there were 147 occurrences of work-related fatal injuries between April 2018 and March 2019.
Despite a long term reduction in the number of fatalities since 1981, these figures represent an increase of six incidents compared to the same period in 2017/18.
The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be workers falling from height (40), being struck by a moving vehicle (30) or being struck by a moving object (16).
These three types of accident accounted for nearly 60 per cent of fatal injuries in 2018/19.
Focusing on the industries which saw the most fatal incidents take place last year, the report says that Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and construction sectors continue to account for the largest share of fatal injuries to workers, increasing from 30 to 32 during 2018/19.
These industries alongside waste and recycling were also found to provide the highest risk of fatal injury due to the type of work that takes place.
The new figures also continued to highlight the risks to older workers; 25 per cent of fatal injuries in 2018/19 were to workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers account for around 10 per cent of the workforce.
It is not just workers who have been involved in fatal accidents. The data revealed that 92 members of the public were fatality injured in incidents connected to work.
HSE Chair Martin Temple said; “The release of workplace fatality statistics is a reminder that despite the UK’s world-leading position in health and safety, we cannot become complacent as we seek to fulfil our mission in preventing injury, ill health and death at work.”
“These statistics also remind us that, in certain sectors of the economy, workplace death remain worryingly high. This is unacceptable and more must be done to prevent such fatalities taking place.”