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The provisional figures for work-related fatal injuries during 2011/12 show that 173 workers (118 employees and 55 self-employed workers) were fatally injured, which is a fall of two compared to the 2010/11 figure of 175, and is 23 less than the average of 196 deaths per year over the last five years. The figure of 173 equates to a rate of 0.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers, which compares to an average rate of 0.7 over the last five years. The previous downward trend in the number of fatal injuries per year appears to have levelled off somewhat over the last four years.
Note that these figures relate to fatal injuries, ie deaths arising from occupational diseases are not included.
The main industry sectors with the highest rates of fatal injury to workers were again waste and recycling (five fatalities, equating to a rate of 4.1 deaths per 100,000 workers), agriculture (33 fatalities, equating to a rate of 9.7 deaths per 100,000 workers) and construction (49 fatalities, equating to a rate of 2.3 deaths per 100,000 workers).
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