Wales has attained the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous country in Britain, it has been claimed.
The Health and Safety Executive says that the area sees more serious and fatal injuries per 100,000 workers than either England or Wales, according to new statistics released yesterday.
It has a rate of 121.3 people in 100,000 being killed or seriously injured compared to 114 in Scotland and 97.2 in England, for the period 2010/2011.
Business groups have expressed ‘serious concern’ about the findings, according to Wales Online.
When all injuries reported are taken into account, Wales still tops the table with 542.8 against 459.8 for England and 447.5 for Scotland.
The assistant director of policy for CBI Wales, an organisation that lobbies businesses, wants action taken.
“It is of serious concern that Wales has the most injuries per worker than anywhere in the UK,” he told the website.
“A single injury is one injury too many and businesses are committed to continually improving their processes to prevent any harm to staff.
“The higher figures reflect Wales’ business environment which contains a far higher proportion of manufacturers and fewer office-based ‘low-risk’ sectors than most other parts of the UK. When compared to a comparable economy like the North West of England the figures are not as stark.
“However, we must never be complacent. Common sense is needed within health and safety regulation, better supporting ‘higher risk’ sectors and improving the advice given by consultants.
“The UK has a good record on health and safety and incidents are falling, although more can always be done to reduce workplace injuries.”
Source: Wales Online