In addition, a further 80 members of the public were killed. That is 203 families torn apart by a sudden and shocking loss of life. 203 people that left home, never to return. No goodbyes, no ‘I love you’s’, just simply gone.
The report shows the breakdown of those 123 workers per industry, expressed as a rate per 100,000 people working in each industry. Forestry is grouped with Agriculture, and the report shows the chance of being among those 123 people if you work in agriculture, forestry or fishing is 21 times higher than the average worker in the UK. 21 times higher!
These statistics have to be the driver behind why we must all work together as an industry to improve our fatal injury rate. All stakeholders in the timber chain working together to improve. Setting our differences aside to work to a common mutual goal.
This is what so many of us pledged to do when we joined FISA. FISA, after all, was established around an Accord for the industry. We must all recognise our own role and that of others, and each be prepared to compromise to find solutions that protect and are practicable. We must accept that this means we have to change the way things are done. At Tilhill we remain committed to playing our part in helping realise that change.
The break down of age of those killed at work shows that 24% are over 60 years of age, despite that age group only making up 11% of the workforce. This is similar to the report from previous years where the older workers were also over-represented in the fatal injury statistics. With an aging workforce in forestry it is further cause for concern and would be interesting to hear your thoughts on the feedback below.
HSE inspectors will be out and about on sites undertaking pro-active inspections in the autumn, with a focus on the competence of Forest Works Managers and Operators, and particularly looking at chainsaw operators. They will also be looking at machinery safety, including inspection and maintenance.
Rate of fatal Injuries by selected main industry group (per 100,000 workers), 2021/22p and annual average for 2017/18-2021/22p.
Rate of fatal injuries by age group (per 100,000 workers), annual average for 2017/18-2021/22p.
Number of fatal injuries by age group, 2021/22p. Base: Deaths where age was known. There was one death where age was unknown in 2021/22 which is excluded from the chart above.