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Almost 150 people killed in workplace accidents last year

Construction is the riskiest sector to work in

A total of 144 people in the UK were killed in workplace accidents during 2017/18, figures from the Health and Safety Executive show.

The industry with the highest number of fatal injuries was construction at 38, followed by agriculture (29), manufacturing (15), transport and storage (15) and waste (12).

Falls from a height were the main cause of fatal accident for workers, with others struck by moving vehicles or objects, or trapped by something collapsing or overturning.

The number of people killed in workplace accidents has been broadly flat since 2012/13, having declined significantly since the late 1980s.

Phil Chesworth, managing director of Midland Pallet Trucks, said although workplace fatalities are among the lowest recorded, this doesn’t mean employers should think their work is done.

“They should always be striving to make their work environment is secure, safe, and considers the health of their employees,” he said.