No Louth workplace deaths in 2015 say the HSA figures

Workplace

There were no deaths in the workplace in Louth in 2015 according the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

Figures released by the HSA show that 55 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2015. This is exactly the same number of fatalities that occurred in 2014.

Fatalities in agriculture were down by 40 per cent, with 18 deaths reported compared to 30 in 2014.

However, construction fatalities increased from eight in 2014 to 11 in 2015 and the fishing sector also saw an increase from one in 2014 to five in 2015.

Incidents involving vehicles were the main cause of fatal accidents in the workplace, accounting for 21 of the total. Fifteen people were killed as a result of falls from height, the second most common cause of death.

Two-thirds of work-related deaths (37 of 55) occurred in businesses with fewer than 10 employees, mainly in agriculture, construction and fishing.

There were four child fatalities in 2015, all of which occurred in agriculture.

The county with the highest number of fatalities in 2015 was Cork with 10 reported, followed by Donegal with six.