The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. The twenty-third annual report reflects that despite the effect COVID-19 had on front-line services, physical and proactive inspections increased by 41% over the previous year.
The number of all work-related fatalities in Northern Ireland (2021-22), including those within areas that are the responsibility of both HSENI and local councils, was 19 compared to 13 in the last reporting year. Figures show that 63% of fatalities occurred in the agriculture, construction, and manufacturing sectors, with the two biggest causes being incidents involving vehicle movement and fall from height.
The Major Investigation Team progressed nine successful prosecutions during 2021/22 which resulted in fines of over £355,000.
HSENI Chairman, Derek Martin said: “The work of HSENI across all business sectors in Northern Ireland in maintaining and improving the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone in the workplace is more relevant and vital than ever.
“Our increased number of inspections, our record on prosecutions, our successful ongoing engagement with employers and employees comes as welcome news as we emerged from the grips of COVID-19 last year.
“I am also delighted to report that HSENI achieved United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation for our Scientific Services Unit.
“We have continued to work with and have had enormously valuable support from organisations including, The Northern Ireland Safety Group, The Farm Safety Partnership, other government departments, and from the employers and work forces we strive to serve.”
Visitors to the HSENI website downloaded almost 183,000 wide-ranging publications, and 95,000 visitors downloaded the COVID-19 example risk assessment template.
HSENI Chief Executive, Robert Kidd said: “While we focused on those work activities which were associated with the most serious outcomes, last year we undertook 2,902 inspections and served 123 formal notices.
“We dealt with 945 complaints about alleged unsatisfactory working conditions and activities. We also answered 4,198 calls for information via our Freephone Helpline.
“In serving businesses across Northern Ireland, we remain grateful to all those who share our determination to make the workplace as safe and healthy as possible and who have contributed to the achievements of the outcomes detailed in our latest annual report”
Copies of the Annual Report can be accessed at the following link:
To find out more about the work of HSENI visit: www.hseni.gov.uk
Notes to editors:
- HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety work standards in Northern Ireland. HSENI is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department for the Economy.
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