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Significant decrease in major injuries in Northern Ireland

Latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) reveal that serious injuries were down by 28% to 325 last year compared to 453 in the previous 12 months. 

However, 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.

Because of the small statistical base, HSENI publishes analyses of fatal injury causations on the basis of five-year records. The most frequent causations over the last five years were falls, vehicle movements, being struck by an object, animals, collapse/overturn, machinery guarding, and drowning/asphyxiation.

HSENI chair Derek Martin expressed disappointment at the number of workplace deaths, while saying he is encouraged by the drop in major injuries.


Kellie is a freelance writer and former online editor of the Health and Safety at Work website.

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