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Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces has been released by the HSE.
The long term trend has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years. However, provisional figures indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/5.
The new figures show the rate of fatal injuries in key industrial sectors:Forty three workers died in construction, the same as the average for the previous five years. In agriculture there were twenty-seven deaths (compared to the five-year average of thirty-two). In manufacturing there were twenty-seven deaths (compared to five-year average twenty-two), but this figure includes three incidents that resulted in a total of eight deaths. There were six fatal injuries to workers in waste and recycling, compared to the five-year average of seven, but subject to considerable yearly fluctuation.
There were also 103 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2015/16, of which thirty-six (35 percent) related to incidents occurring on railways.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published a report into the incident which occurred near Ketton, Rutland, 24 March 2016, when a train passed a signal showing danger. The underlying cause of the incident was the failure to carry out the required pre-start and in progress tests to a sufficient level of vigour to adequately replicate conditions which might occur in normal service
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) uses the MISHAP01 (Model for the estimation of Individual and Societal risk from HAzards of Pipelines) model to calculate the risks associated with Major Accident Hazard (MAH) pipelines in Great Britain. The risks calculated are used to determine the distances to land-use planning (LUP) zones around the MAH pipeline.
MISHAP was originally developed in the 1990s using Visual Basic 6 (VB6). An updated version, MISHAP01, was released in 2001. A Microsoft Excel® application, called PipelineRiskAT was also developed to allow multiple MISHAP01 runs to be carried out concurrently. HSE asked the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to rewrite the model, using Microsoft Excel®, to bring the code up-to-date and to allow easy implementation of improvements to the model. The revised model is called MISHAP12.
HSL have tested the new code using a representative set of pipelines. The tests show that there is only a minimal impact on the final LUP zones generated compared to those generated using the older models.