HSA Annual Report 2023

HSA Annual Report 2023

HSA publishes its 2023 Annual Report highlighting key achievements and outcomes across its broad and varied mandate

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has published its 2023 Annual Report. This is the HSA’s second Annual Report under its Strategy Statement 2022–2024.

Key highlights from the 2023 Annual Report include:

  • Inspections completed across all economic sectors totalled 9,995 proactive inspections, 463 reactive inspections and 225 investigations completed following incident reports received.
  • Eighty-three investigations undertaken into fatal accidents, of which 43 were deemed work-related.
  • Nineteen prosecutions concluded, with 15 prosecuted on indictment and four prosecuted summarily, resulting in fines totalling €1,377,500.
  • Forty-three work-related fatalities reported, the majority of which (72%) occurred in agriculture, fishing and forestry (20 deaths) and construction (11 deaths).
  • New regulations introduced, the first of their kind in the EU, making helmet wearing and training for all quad bike operators a legal requirement.
  • New Health and Social Care Advisory Committee established.

Offering her condolences to the families and friends of the 43 people who lost their lives in workplace accidents in 2023, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Emer Higgins TD said “Each life lost is one too many and I urge all employers and employees to prioritise health and safety and make full use of the HSA’s resources and tools. Employment in Ireland reached a record high of 74.2% in 2023. There has never been more people at work in Ireland but with more people working, we cannot become complacent. Together we can help ensure that every worker in Ireland can return home safely at the end of the day.”

HSA records show an overall decrease in the rate of work-related fatalities per 100,000 workers in Ireland over the past ten years (2014-2023), from the rate of 2.8 in 2014 to 1.6 in 2023.

Noting the continued high number of workplace fatalities in the agriculture and construction sectors, particularly among the self-employed, Conor O’Brien, CEO of the HSA said “We’re urging all employers, but particularly the self-employed, to make health and safety a top priority as you go to work each day. As the Health and Safety Authority prepares its new 2025-2027 Strategy, I will be seeking input from our sectoral advisory committees as to how we can make a significant step change in these sectors to significantly reduce the fatality, illness and injury rates. We will continue to develop a wide range of user friendly tools and guidance to help achieve these aims”

Patricia Byron, Chairperson of the Health and Safety Authority, said,
“As we publish the 2023 Annual Report, I am pleased to confirm the Board approved the establishment of a new Health and Safety Advisory Committee in 2023 to provide a forum for stakeholders to advise and support the Authority in promoting best practice in occupational health and safety in the sector. The Health and Safety Authority is committed to driving change through collaboration and innovation. I thank our stakeholders for their steadfast support and look forward to our continued partnership in advancing workplace safety.”

Source: hsa.ie