According to the figures released, there were around 171 workplace deaths during 2010-11 compared to 147 deaths in 2009-10 while over 24,700 workers suffered a major injury last year.
The principal inspector for HSE's South West region, Nigel Long said that employers should concentrate on tackling the real dangers in work environment.
"Employers need to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial risks or doing pointless paperwork. It's important to remember that we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, but one death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths in 2012", he said.