Number of Scots killed at work rises


22 people died at work across Scotland in 2012/13 according to new HSE figures.

A further 1,914 people suffered a major injury. This compares to 19 deaths and 2,215 major injuries the previous year.
The HSE has now urged business to focus on their legal responsibility to ensure lives
are not put at risk and make safety their top priority.
The latest provisional figures show the number of deaths in total across Great Britain has fallen in the last year, with 148 people killed at work, compared to 171 deaths during 2011/12. More than 20,600 workers also suffered a major injury in 2012/13, representing a 10.8 percent drop on the previous year. Five in every million workers were killed while at work between April 2012 and March 2013.
Construction was the highest-risk industry, with 39 deaths last year.
Alistair McNab, HSE Head of Operations for Scotland said, “Whilst the number of deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, they have increased across Scotland, and it serves as a stark reminder of why we need good health and safety. I urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters.”