55 were killed at work in 2011
Fifty-five people died in the workplace last year, a 15pc rise on the number of reported deaths in 2010.
The Health and Safety Authority, which has launched graphic new awareness campaigns featuring a farmer who lost his arm in a meat chopper, said agriculture was the most dangerous occupation.
Some 22 people were killed on farms compared with 25 the previous year, while eight workers in transport and storage business died, up from three in 2010 and six people died on building sites.
Mum paralysed in pub attack
A scaffolder who punched a young mother to the floor, leaving her paralysed, in a pub row over a spilt drink was jailed for more than three-and-a-half years.
Claire Hilton (28), sat in her wheelchair and cheered as Christopher Towers was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court in England.
Ms Hilton, the mother of an 11-year-old boy, suffered a broken neck and back when she was punched during a night out at the Wheatsheaf pub in Boldon in June.
Towers (24) admitted grievous bodily harm at a previous hearing.
Betty's 90th vodka plans
ACTRESS Betty White says her plans for her upcoming 90th birthday might include "a little vodka on the rocks."
The former star of the Golden Girls'' big day on Jan. 17 seems to be exciting others more than her. NBC is airing a birthday special for the tireless actress the day before and has also picked up a "Candid Camera"-like prank show called "Betty White's Off Their Rockers."
on lead piping
The Department of Environment has asked us to point out that 5,500 metres of piping will need to be replaced to meet new EU regulations, not 5,500km, as was reported yesterday.
The department has also advised us that the cost of this project will be in the region of €10-€12m and not the €500m previously stated.
The lead piping, supplying the country's drinking water, will have to be replaced by next year.