Agriculture causes the most fatalities


The agricultural industry still has the highest rate of fatal injury in Great Britain according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive.

Annual agricultural fatal injury statistics have revealed that a total of 33 deaths were recorded in the sector between March 2017 and April this year. This is an increase of four deaths compared with 2016/17 and one more than the five-year average of 32.

The average rate of fatal injury in agriculture is 8.44 deaths per 100,000 workers, the highest of any sector and 18 times higher than the all-industry average. Being injured by an animal came out as the top cause of death on a farm, causing eight deaths last year.

This was followed by being struck by a moving vehicle (six), being trapped by something collapsing (five), being struck by an object (four) and falling from height (three).