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In the last year the number of workplace fatalities in Northern Ireland has increased by a third, according to the annual report published by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI). This report shows that 18 people were killed in accidents at work in the 12 months prior to the end of March 2017. This is an increase of more than a third compared to the previous 12 months.

When comparing the fatality rate in Northern Ireland to that of Great Britain in 2016-17, you can see that per 100,000 employees, Northern Ireland totals to 0.55, while Great Britain totals to just 0.38.

Construction accounted for 3 of the 18 workplace deaths, an increase from the previous year. However, according to HSENI’s chief executive Keith Morrison, “farming remains Northern Ireland’s most dangerous industry,” leading to 6 deaths.

On the other hand, major injuries at work have fallen from 451 in 2014-15 to 404 last year, which is the lowest level in the last five years.

The report revealed that 5,999 inspections were carried out by the HSENI in 2016-17, an increase of 423 when compared to the year before.