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    WORKPLACES ‘LESS RISKY’ IN LONDON & SOUTH-EAST

    hselogo1HSE reveal significant regional differences in worker deaths

    The number and incidence rates of worker fatalities appear to vary, when comparing one GB region within another. Taken at face value, some regions have a higher or lower number of deaths per head of worker population than others.

    HSE believes that such simple comparisons can present difficulties in making conclusions about whether one region is ‘more or less risky’ than another. Two issues are prominent and have now been addressed in an analysis by HSE statisticians:

    • Does the industrial composition of each region has an effect?
    • Does a low number of deaths in a given region produce potentially misleading results?

    The report concludes:

    “Analysis shows that the small number of deaths in individual regions for a single year does have an adverse effect on interpreting analysis; conversely looking at deaths for the latest five years combined improves the reliability of the analysis.

    Based on the latest five years but before standardising for industry, there are three regions where the fatality rates are statistically higher than GB: Wales; Scotland; and Yorkshire and the Humber. There are also three regions where the fatality rates are statistically lower than GB: south east; north east; and London.

    After standardising by industry, rates for some regions have effectively reduced, others increased. Yorkshire and the Humber is the only region that remains statistically higher than GB, albeit by a small margin. There are two regions that remain statistically lower than GB, namely London; and South East. Wales, Scotland, and the north east are no longer statistically different than GB.”

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