Call to tighten up workplace safety

A generic stock photo of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) reception at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
A generic stock photo of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) reception at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
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Almost 200 people were injured in the workplace in Blackpool – as safety experts warned firms to take another look at their safety measures.

The Health and Safety Executive is highlighting new figures which show that one person lost their life while at work in Lancashire in 2013/14 and 1,943 suffered injury. That compares to one death and 1,985 injuries in the county the previous year.

On the Fylde no deaths in the workplace were reported. But in Blackpool there were 188 workplace injuries, the same as in 2012/13, in Fylde there were 87, down three on the previous year and Wyre had 89, down two.

Statistics were also released showing the scale of workplace illness with 120,000 people in the North West estimated to have been made ill through their work.

Nationally, there were 133 deaths at work in 2013/14, and more than 79,500 injuries.

The watchdog said that was a huge reduction from when HSE was established in January 1975 when a total of 651 employees alone were killed.

The latest figures show that those involved in construction, manufacturing, agriculture and waste and recycling are most at risk today.

Fylde employers are being urged to review whether they can do more to protect their workforce especially with falls from height; machinery poorly maintained and guarded; and failing to manage workplace transport.

Steven Smith, HSE’s head of operations for the North West, said: “The families of the workers in the North West who sadly lost their lives last year have just had to spend the festive period without their loved ones, while hundreds of other workers were made ill through their work or had their lives changed forever by a major injury.”