HSA reports 470 workplace injuries locally in 2012

THERE were five deaths in the workplace in the North East in 2012, new figures published by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have revealed.

THERE were five deaths in the workplace in the North East in 2012, new figures published by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have revealed.

Two of the deaths occurred in Co Monaghan and three of the deaths occurred in Co Cavan. There were no fatalaties in Co Louth in 2012, down from five in 2007.

The HSA received reports of 470 non fatal injuries in the work place in the North East last year out of a nationwide total of 6,619. Louth had 150 (2.3%) reported workplace injuries - the highest number of injuries in the North East.

There were 58 reported workplace injuries in Monaghan, 132 in Cavan, and 130 in Meath.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said while standards were improving, both the authority and employers still face a “huge challenge” in fighting workplace deaths.

“Every workplace fatality is avoidable and represents a terrible tragedy for a family and a community, and combating workplace fatalities and injuries represents a huge challenge for both the HSA and employers,” Mr Bruton said.

Launching the HSA’s 2012 annual report and statistics summary for 2011 to 2012, the minister said it was clear the authority had achieved a lot last year.

Significant gains have been made in the area of occupational safety and health and chemicals regulation since the authority’s establishment in 1989,” Mr Bruton added.

“Each year standards are steadily increasing and hopefully over the next few years we will maintain those gains and see sustained reductions in accidents.”

Nearly half of those who died in the workplace last year were self-employed. Of those 22 people, 17 were farmers.