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Priority Industry Sectors

24. This Strategic Programme focuses on activity to address health and safety hazards in priority industry sectors.

Total Gross Expenditure

Pie chart displaying Total Gross Expenditure: Sector 13%

What we aim to achieve

25. The Delivery Board has set the following targets for the Strategic Programme. These targets will contribute to the Revitalising Health and Safety (RHS) targets (both to be delivered by 31st March 2010):

Target area Sector Strategic Programme target to be achieved by 31 March 2010 Overall HSE RHS target to be achieved by 31 March 2010
Reduction in fatal and major injuries 4% 10%
Reduction in days lost through work-related injury and ill health 9% 30%
Reduction in new cases of work-related ill health 5% 20%

What we aim to do

26. The Sector Strategic Programme consists of five programmes, each dealing with an industry sector that has:

27. We have identified the following sector programmes:


28. Construction is Great Britain's biggest industry and one of its most dangerous (although the industry's record compares favourably with that of other nations). Between April and December of 2003, 53 workers (provisional numbers) died and thousands were injured as a result of construction work. Work-related ill health is also a problem in this sector.

29. The construction industry set challenging health and safety targets at its 2001 summit. HSE is committed to working with stakeholders in the industry to help achieve these targets.

30. The programme aims to reduce the number of workers killed or injured, or whose health is affected due to working in the construction industry by:

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32. Agriculture has one of the worst fatal incident records of any industry. In 2002/03, the rate of fatal injuries to workers in agriculture was more than double that in construction.

33. The programme aims to reduce the number of workers killed or injured, or whose health is affected due to working in the agriculture industry, by:

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Health Services

35. The health services are one of Britain's biggest employers, with almost two million people employed in the public and private sectors. Healthcare workers suffer from large numbers of injuries resulting from slips and trips, manual handling and violence. The industry also has prevalence rates of musculoskeletal disorders and stress significantly higher than the average for all industries.

36. The programme aims to reduce the number of workers killed or injured, or whose health is affected due to working in the health services by:

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Government Setting an Example

38. This programme will harness the power of the Government, in its roles as executive, employer and purchaser, to demonstrate the benefits of successful health and safety management.

39. The programme aims to improve health and safety management in Government Departments and reduce injury, ill health and sickness absence by:

Manufacturing, Utilities, Services and Transport

40. There are other industry sectors in which we must work if we are to achieve our long-term targets for reducing injury, ill health and days lost. For example, almost four million people work in the manufacturing industries, which have high fatality and ill health rates.

41. HSE plan to do this by fully engaging stakeholders, including phased "targeted initiatives" using central approaches to engage with industry groups. Such initiatives have already secured significant improvements in rates of ill health and injury across a number of industry sectors including quarries, glass, ceramics, paper and rubber.

42. We will develop this technique to identify and target further industry groups where the approach is likely to be successful. We will use the following criteria to select potential candidates:

43. We aim to:

Updated 2015-09-14