First Increase in Work-related Deaths in Ireland Since 2015 - Chris Mee Group | CMSE

First Increase in Work-related Deaths in Ireland Since 2015

Provisional statistics issued by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) reveal an 18% increase in fatalities from work related accidents in 2019 with 46 people losing their lives.

The figures show;

  • The majority of deaths (44) were men compared to two females – both non-workers.
  • Six of the fatalities occurred with people under 35 years old, including three children.
  • With six deaths, April was the most dangerous month. November had no reported fatalities.
  • Agriculture remains the most dangerous sector in which to work with 18 deaths, up from 15 in 2018.
  • Construction related fatalities increased from 5 in 2018 to 12 people losing their lives in 2019


The five main causes of workplace fatalities in 2019 were getting trapped or crushed, struck by a vehicle, falls from heights, drowning or being struck by a falling object.

Trapped or crushed (17)

  • Vehicle (8)
  • Cattle (3)
  • Machinery (2)
  • Bales (2)
  • Other (2)
Struck by vehicle (9)
Impact following fall (7)
Drowning (5)
Struck by falling object (4)
Other (4)


Wexford had the highest number of workplace fatalities in 2019 with 7 deaths, Dublin had 6, and Cork had 5.


work fatalities


Source: HSA

For a more detailed breakdown please visit the HSA website HERE

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