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HSE Workplace Fatal Injuries 2023 Report

In the last year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its annual report on workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain. This report centres on work at height, one of the most significant contributors to fatal accidents in workplaces, and the pivotal role played by work at height specialists in preventing such incidents.

Last updated: 14/09/2023

Work at Height Fatalities

In the period from April 2022 to March 2023, falls from height continued to be a prominent cause of fatal accidents in workplaces across Great Britain. A total of 40 fatalities were attributed to falls from height, an increase from last years reported 29, highlighting the critical need for enhanced safety measures in this category.

Industry-Specific Data

Various industries, including construction, agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing, continue to experience a high number of fatal accidents from work at height. Construction, in particular, recorded 45 fatalities, underscoring the ongoing challenge of ensuring the safety of workers operating at elevation.

Height Safety Culture in the Workplace

Reflecting on the persistently high number of fatal incidents in the work at height category, it becomes clear that a significant shift in safety culture within organisations is imperative. Prioritising health and safety should be a fundamental aspect of every project, rather than an afterthought.

The Heightsafe Approach

We at Heightsafe continue to be at the forefront of promoting work at height safety through a combination of education, innovative systems, and a commitment to comprehensive height safety solutions.

Education and Training

We offer a range of Work at Height Training Courses, from basic awareness of rooftop safety to advanced rescue recovery courses. These programmes aim to educate individuals on the dangers of working at height, equipping them with the knowledge needed to operate safely.

Comprehensive Systems

Our expertise extends to the design and installation of bespoke systems tailored to unique requirements. From Davit Systems for safe access at waterside locations to Guardrail installations at historical sites and Overhead Fall Arrest Tracks for large vehicle maintenance, we offer a wide array of solutions to suit all projects.

No Excuse for Lack of Fall Protection

With the availability of advanced height safety systems, there is simply no excuse for neglecting fall protection when workers are operating at elevation. We encourage organisations to proactively adopt these measures to reduce the risk of fatal accidents.


In conclusion, the HSE’s report for 2022/23 highlights the persistent challenge of fatal accidents from working at height. By prioritising height safety education, providing cutting-edge systems, and fostering a culture where safety is paramount. Heightsafe continues to contribute to the collective effort of reducing work at height fatalities. The goal is clear: to ensure that every worker who operates at height returns home safely at the end of the day.

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