08:00 Monday 23 December 2013

Injuries at work figures shows signs of falling

Written byROB SMYTH

NEW figures have shown that there have been no rise in the number of people who suffered serious injuries at work in Burton and South Derbyshire during the past 12 months.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed figures for the areas as part of a bid to urge businesses 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.

In South Derbyshire there were 34 reports of major injuries in 2012-13, which was exactly the same number the year before.

In East Staffordshire there were 38 reports last year compared to 51 the year before and in North West Leicestershire there 22 major injuries compared to 51 the year before.

However, in the past 12 months, there has been one person who has lost their life at work in South Derbyshire.

Ashley William Morris, from Ashby, lost his life in June after being crushed by a piece of machinery where he worked at Rainbow Waste, in Robian Way, Swadlincote.

Samantha Peace, HSE regional director for the Midlands, said: “The families of those workers in the East Midlands who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them and hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.

“While the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces. I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or pointless paperwork.

“It’s important to remember that while we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, one death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths further in 2014.”

The fresh appeal comes as the new figures showed that seven people lost their lives while at work across the East Midlands in 2012-13 and 1,679 suffered a major injury. This compares to seven deaths and 1,882 major injuries the previous year.

In the West Midlands, 14 people lost their lives and 1,948 suffered a major injury during the past 12 months.

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