There were no work place fatalities in Louth in 2011 according to new figures

There were however 150 non-fatal injuries reported in 2011, comprising 2.2 per cent of the overall non-fatal workplace injuries in Ireland

There were however 150 non-fatal injuries reported in 2011, comprising 2.2 per cent of the overall non-fatal workplace injuries in Ireland

Of the Border Region, which relates to Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo, there are a total of 183,232 employed and of those there were 2,626 reported injuries.

The Health and Safety Authority’s annual Summary of Statistics presents the most frequently sought information and statistics on occupational injury, illness and workplace fatalities in Ireland. Data from different sources is brought together so that readers can review and monitor trends across a range of factors related to workplace injury and illness, including the characteristics of the victim, the incident and the work environment.

Ease of access and interpretation is key in our approach to publishing this statistical summary on an annual basis.

There were 6,956 non-fatal injuries reported to the Authority in 2011, a 5% decrease on the number reported in 2010. This reduction is not reflected in the numbers in the workforce - CSO figures indicate that the numbers employed are broadly similar to 2010. Human Health and Social Work activities continue to account for the largest percentage of non-fatal injury reports, followed by the Manufacturing sector.

In total, there have been almost 80,000 non-fatal injuries reported across all sectors over the past ten years.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD launched the 2011 Annual Report and Statistics Summary of the Health and Safety Authority this week.

During 2011 there were 32 prosecutions for health and safety breaches with penalties including five suspended sentences and €819,700 in fines imposed.

The Authority carried out 15,340 inspections and investigations with 7 per cent of them resulting in formal enforcement action.