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    EU FATAL INJURY STATISTICS COMPARISON

    New statistics show GB leading Europe in reducing deaths at work

    Updated statistics published by HSE show the EU average rate of work-related fatal injury* is 2.5 per 100,000 workers. The equivalent GB rate is 1.3 – the lowest among EU member states.

    The GB rates of fatal injury in the main industrial sectors are substantially lower than the EU average. The rate of fatal injuries in the GB construction sector (3.8) is less than half the EU construction average (9.5).

    In addition, GB rate of (non-fatal) over-3-day injury is lower than other member states with the exception of Sweden.

    * excluding road traffic and transport accidents (RTTAs) occurring during work.

    Comment: These statistics reflect a positive performance in health and safety by GB plc relative to others in Europe. This applies to both construction and other sectors. There is still room for improvement, especially on health issues, but it is also ‘healthy’  to recognise such postive comparisons.

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