Between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010, 151 workers were killed, compared with 178 deaths in the previous year and 233 in 2007/2008. The average number of deaths per year over the last five years is 220.
Whilst the downward trend is encouraging, not all sectors of the economy saw a reduction in the number of workplace deaths. The agriculture industry recorded a sizeable increase, with 38 workers killed on farms in 2009/2010 after a record low of 25 deaths in 2008/2009. This is a rate of 8.2 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers, making it the most dangerous industry in which to work.
Significant reductions in the number of workplace fatalities were recorded in some of the other historically most dangerous industries in Britain, however:
In the construction industry there were 41 fatal injuries, compared with the 52 deaths recorded in 2008/2009 and an average of 66 deaths per year in the past five years;
In the services sector 42 people were killed at work, compared with 62 in 2008/2009 and an average of 72 per year in the past five years; and
24 fatal injuries to manufacturing workers were recorded, which compares with an average of 38 deaths per year in the past five years and shows a fall from 33 deaths in 2008/2009.