These are the most common causes of death in the workplace in Birmingham

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Workers in Birmingham are some of the most likely to be killed on the job, according to new government data.

Statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive show that seven people died in the workplace in the city in 2017-18 – the highest number in the country.

Five of those killed were employees.

The other two were members of the public – one of whom was a 13-year-old boy.

The most common causes of death were falling from a height and drowning, with two people drowning and two falling from a height.

The new figures however mark a slight decrease on last year (2016-17), where nine people were killed in the workplace in Birmingham, including two members of the public.



An ambulance

A further 12 people died in workplace accidents across the rest of the West Midlands last year – meaning one out of every 196,000 workers in the region.

The Health and Safety Executive is the government body responsible for making sure Britain’s workplaces are safe.

They release annual statistics on injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences in workplaces across Great Britain.

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Across the country, a total of 144 workers were killed at work in 2017-18.

There were also 100 of members of the public killed in workplace accidents over the year.

This years figures mark a five per cent increase in fatalities compared to last year, where a total of 233 deaths were reported.



Midland Air Ambulance.

Great Britain as a whole had a workplace fatality rate of 0.45 – meaning that only one in over 220,000 workers was killed.

When it came to workplace related death last year, the most dangerous industries were transport, followed by construction, with people most likely to die from being hit by a moving vehicle.

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