Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland's workplace deaths rose by third in 2016-17

The number of workplace deaths in Northern Ireland increased by a third in 2016-17.

Farming was the most dangerous occupation, although the number of fatalities remained the same as the previous year.

Overall, 16 people died during the year to the end of March. The tally of major injuries dropped by 13%.

Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland's chief executive Keith Morrison said: "Workplace deaths are heart-breaking and unacceptable.

"These events impact so many people and cause such devastation to families, communities, work colleagues, employers and the emergency services who attend these incidents.

"We simply must all continue to work as hard as we can to stop these often easily preventable tragedies."

Workplace fatalities were up by 33% in 2016-17 to 16 compared with 12 in the previous year, the Executive's annual report showed.

Farm-related fatalities remained the same with six deaths and there were three construction fatalities compared with two in the previous year.

Mr Morrison added: " Sadly, farming remains Northern Ireland's most dangerous industry with another six families devastated in 2016/17.

"Whilst this is the same figure as 2015/16, continuing the overall downward trend in deaths since the establishment of the Farm Safety Partnership, I am afraid that six farming families have already suffered similar heartache to date in 2017/18.

"Everyone will agree we just cannot see a return to the very high number of farm deaths recorded in 2011 and 2012."

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