Sharp rise in deaths at work, with farming still the most dangerous job
The number of people killed in workplace accidents in Northern Ireland rose by a third in the last year.
A total of 16 deaths were recorded in the 12 months to April, with farming the most dangerous occupation.
The figures emerged in an annual report published by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).
The 16 workplace fatalities recorded in 2016/17 included six from farm-related incidents and three construction-related fatalities.
However, the report did note that major injuries in the workplace dropped by 13% on last year, while the total number of reported injuries was down by 12%.
Urging people to take more care, Keith Morrison, the HSENI's chief executive, said workplace deaths were heartbreaking and unacceptable.
"These events impact so many people and cause such devastation to families, communities, work colleagues, employers and the emergency services who attend these incidents," he commented.
"We simply must all continue to work as hard as we can to stop these often easily preventable tragedies."