KILKENNY recorded a very high instance of workplace fatalities last year. In total three people died in work-related accidents which accounted for 5% of workplace fatalities nationally, according to a report from the Health and Safety Authority.
In Dublin, which has a far greater population, only four people died as a result of work related injuries. Cork recorded by far the highest number of fatalities with 25 individuals suffering fatal injuries while in the workplace.
The fatalities in Kilkenny were not limited to one industry. A single fatality was recorded in the transportation and storage industry, agriculture and during the repair of motor vehicles.
“This is the second year in a row that the total number of workplace fatalities has increased. The fact is that behind these statistics there are human tragedies, lives lost and families ruined. Everyone has the right to go to work without danger to their safety or health,” said HSA chief executive Martin O’Halloran.
The HSA had noticed an increase in the number of deaths in agriculture and as a result of this they had increased the number of inspections on farms. The HSA is launching an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging farmers to stop taking risks. The campaign features a farmer who suffered an arm amputation.
In Kilkenny a farm maintenance worker lost his life last year when he was crushed by a harvest roller while carrying out maintenance work on the machinery. The two other deaths in Kilkenny occurred when a Filipino seaman fell from a gang plank in Belview Port and when a mechanic was killed while working on the suspension of a vehicle.
Between 2001 and 2010 the HSA received reports of more than 583 workplace fatalities and 81,284 non-fatal accidents that resulted in more than three days’ absence from work.