April 20th marks the five-year anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. An explosion of the BP-leased oil rig killed 11 workers and began the spill of roughly 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from an underwater wellhead for 87 days.
April 15th marks the 103rd year anniversary of a major maritime catastrophe: the sinking of the Titanic, arguably one of the most talked about safety tragedies of the 20th century. The sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 passengers and crew. The tragedy shocked the world, because the Titanic had been touted as “the safest ship ever built.”
Figures from the Health and Safety Authority show that there were 55 people killed in work-related accidents in 2014, representing a 17 percent increase on the 47 reported in 2013.
Fatalities in the agriculture sector increased by 87 percent in 2014, with 30 people killed compared to 16 in 2013. For the fifth year running the agriculture sector has recorded the highest number of fatalities, representing roughly 55 percent of all work related deaths in 2014.