Employers must tackle work safety

A TOTAL of 42 people suffered a major injury while at work in High Peak last year, according to the latest statistics – but none of the four deaths in the county happened in the Borough.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a fresh warning about workplace safety after the number of deaths rose across Great Britain in 2010/11. It is urging employers to make the safety of workers their top priority for 2012, and is reminding them of their legal responsibility to ensure lives are not put at risk.

The 42 major injuries in High Peak compare to one death and 41 major injuries in 2009/10. Another 87 workers suffered an injury or ill health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, compared to 99 in 2009/10.

Nationally, high-risk industries include construction which had 50 deaths last year, agriculture with 34 deaths, and waste and recycling with nine deaths, making up more than half of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2010/11.

Rosi Edwards, HSE Regional Director in the East Midlands said: “These statistics highlight why we need good health and safety in British workplaces.

“Employers need to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial risks or doing pointless paperwork.”

Information on tackling health and safety dangers in workplaces is available on HSE’s website at www.hse.gov.uk.