Britain’s health and safety regulator has urged companies to prioritise reducing
major work injuries this year.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) wants employers to concentrate on their legal responsibility to ensure lives are not endangered and to make the safety of workers their main concern.
The new plea comes as latest statistics show that 15 people died at work in the Yorkshire and Humber region in 2012/13 and 1,877 sustained a major injury in the workplace. This is one more death than seen in 2011/12, but major injuries fell by 362 from 2,239 the year before.
West Yorkshire recorded the largest number of deaths at seven – two more than the previous year – and also the most major injuries at 753.
Bosses told: Prioritise safety
The amount of fatalities throughout Britain has dropped in the past year, according to the provisional research examining work accidents.
A total of 148 people were killed at work, compared to 171 deaths during 2011/12.
In addition, over 20,600 workers suffered a major injury in 2012/13, representing a 10.8% dip on the previous year.
John Rowe, HSE head of operations for Yorkshire and the Humber, said that bosses could do their staff a good deed by spending time tackling the real dangers that workers face.
He said: “One death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths further in 2014.”
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