Provisional data from the Health and Safety Authority shows that 26 people lost their lives in work-related incidents in 2022, down from 38 in 2021.

The HSA said this marked the lowest figure since the authority was established over 30 years ago.

The construction and farming sectors accounted for almost three quarters of all work-related fatalities this year, the HSA said.

The farming sector recorded 12 fatalities this year compared to 10 in 2021 and it remained the sector with the highest number of fatalities.

Today's figures show that the transport and storage sector recorded a decline of 83% with one fatality in 2022, compared to six in 2021. Manufacturing recorded no fatalities this year, compared to five last year.

Falling from a height (nine fatalities) and the loss of control of a vehicle or its attachments (seven fatalities) were the leading causes of work-related fatalities this year, today's figures show.

The HSA said that Dublin, Galway and Wexford recorded the highest level of fatalities with three in each county.

No fatalities were recorded in Carlow, Clare, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Sligo and Wicklow during the year.

Of the 26 fatalities in 2022, 25 were men and one was a woman.

The HSA noted that the age groups from 55 to 64 and 65 years and over represented 69% of all fatalities this year. These age groups represented 19% of employees in Ireland, according to CSO figures.

Mark Cullen, interim chief executive at the Health and Safety Authority, said it was positive to see such a substantial decline in work-related fatalities in 2022.

"However, our view is that every work-related death is preventable and vigilance around health and safety in Irish workplaces is still imperative. Christmas this year for the families and friends of all those killed in workplace incidents will have been a difficult one and our thoughts are with them," Mr Cullen said.

He also said that as the country's labour force is ageing, we must all look to our work place practices, and ensure that health and safety is being prioritised across all workforce age groups.

"We are urging employers and their workers to think about the task you're asking others to carry out, or that you are about to undertake," Mr Cullen said.

"Complete a risk assessment and make sure the right precautions are in place and nobody is putting themselves or others in danger. As evident in our records for 2022, if working with heavy machinery or at a height, be particularly vigilant and take the appropriate care," he advised.