Three workplace deaths in the East Riding last year

The East Riding of Yorkshire workplaces saw three people killed last year, figures show, as campaigners warn the coronavirus crisis will see an increase in work-related fatalities.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 11:35 pm
The Trades Union congress has predicted the coronavirus pandemic will cause a spike in workplace fatalities.

HSE statistics show three deaths occurred in an East Riding workplace last year – three workers and no members of the public.

A 55 to 59-year-old man employed in manufacturing who walked into or was otherwise struck by a fixed or stationary object or structure.

A 45 to 54-year-old woman working in agriculture and forestry or fishing who was struck by a moving vehicle.

A 45 to 54-year-old man employed in manufacturing who was struck by a moving, flying or falling object.

The Trades Union congress has predicted the coronavirus pandemic will cause a spike in workplace fatalities, as it emphasised the “vital” need to record any deaths caused by a lack of personal protective equipment as work-related.

An HSE spokeswoman said it is too early to say how significantly work-related fatality rates will be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but paid tribute to the frontline healthcare workers who are taking on additional risk during this time.

She added: “We are continually reviewing the fast-moving situation with our partners.”