During 2011 there were 32 prosecutions for health and safety breaches with penalties including five suspended sentences and €819,700 in fines imposed.
The Authority carried out 15,340 inspections and investigations with 7% of them resulting in formal enforcement action.
Loss of control of vehicles and/or machinery was the most common cause of workplace deaths (15 in 2011).
Manual handling related injuries continue to account for approximately one third of the 6,956 non-fatal injuries reported with slips, trips and falls (17%) being the next most common.
Launching the reports, Minister Bruton said:
“The Authority has used its constrained resources in areas that need them the most and during 2011 continued to target sectors with high injury rates; however I am very concerned about the continued rise in workplace fatalities. Every workplace fatality is avoidable and represents a terrible tragedy for a family and a community. Combatting workplace fatalities represents a huge challenge for both the HSA and employers and I will continue to assist them in any way I can”.
Ref: HSA Website
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