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22/09/2017

Increase In Number Of Workplace Deaths In NI

The number of deaths in the workplace in Northern Ireland has increased over the past year, new figures have revealed.

There were 16 fatalities in 2016/17, compared to 12 the previous year, according to a report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSENI).

The number of farm deaths remained the same at six and construction related deaths rose from two to three.

However there have already been six farm related deaths for 2017/18.
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HSENI’s Chief Executive Keith Morrison said: "Sadly farming remains Northern Ireland’s most dangerous industry with another six families devastated in 2016/17. Whilst this is the same figure as 2015/16, continuing the overall downward trend in deaths since the establishment of the Farm Safety Partnership, I am afraid that six farming families have already suffered similar heartache to date in 2017/18. Everyone will agree we just cannot see a return to the very high number of farm deaths recorded in 2011 and 2012."

(CD/MH)

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