Five people from region killed last year in workplace accidents

There was a major decrease in the number of people killed last year in workplaces in the border region, which includes Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Louth and Monaghan.

The number of reported fatalities in the region was 5, compared to 15 in 2015 and 10 in 2014.

The figures are contained the Health and Safety Authority’s summary of workplace, injury and fatality statistics for 2015 to 2016, which has just been published.

The statistics show that most fatalities occur in the farm, forestry and fishing sectors.

Nationally, 51% of those killed were self-employed while 42% were employees. Only 2% were trainees.

The majority of fatalities last year were aged 65 and over.

Most accidents were caused by loss of control of transport or handling equipment, falling from a height, or a fall or collapse of overhead material.

When comparing worker fatality rates to other EU countries, Ireland is 5th worst, with Luxembourg, France, Austria and Portugal having worse records.

In workplaces in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal last year, there were almost 240 reports of injuries that were not fatal.

105 of these were in Sligo, 101 in Donegal and 32 in Leitrim.

Nationally, the most accidents and injuries — 33% — were as a result of manual handling.

The back was the most injured part of the body followed by fingers, legs, shoulders and hands, and arms and ankles.

And most people were off work for 7 to 13 days.

Among the places where injuries occurred most were production areas, factories and workshops.

This was followed by hospitals and healthcare environments, shops and sales service areas.