A total of 15 people lost their lives while at work in Yorkshire and Humber last year, new figures show.
The data, released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), also reveals that 1,877 individuals suffered a serious personal injury in the region during the period.
Businesses are therefore being urged to focus on their legal responsibility to ensure lives are not put at risk and make the safety of workers their top priority for 2014.
The tally of 15 deaths is one more than was recorded during the previous year, although major injuries dropped by 362 from 2,239 in 2011/12.
West Yorkshire posted the highest number of deaths at seven, two more than the year before, while in South Yorkshire there was one more death in 2012/13 with four.
There was one fatality in Humberside, compared to three in 2011/12, and three in North Yorkshire, the same as previous 12 months.
West Yorkshire also posted the highest number of major work injuries at 753, although this was down from 904.
Elsewhere, major injuries fell from 496 to 482 in South Yorkshire, 488 to 338 in Humberside, and 344 to 304 in North Yorkshire.
Accidents at work can be devastating, affecting your ability to earn a living, so it is important to find out whether or not you can make a claim.
This is where the Accident Advice Helpline can offer assistance, giving you all the information you need to know about seeking compensation.
The provisional figures show that the number of deaths across the UK has fallen in the last year, with a total of 148 people killed at work, compared to 171 deaths during 2011/12 – while the number of major injuries also fell by 10% to 20,600.
John Rowe, HSE Head of Operations for Yorkshire and the Humber, is calling on companies to put worker safety first.
“While the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics, and the human cost behind them, highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces,” he said.
“Employers could do their staff and their businesses a good deed by spending time tackling the real dangers that workers face, in the factories, on the building sites, in the workshops and on the farms.”
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Date Published: December 31, 2013
Author: David Brown