Warning as 100 are injured in workplace

Emergency crews in Blackpool after a worker was injured at the Talbot Gateway building site.

Emergency crews in Blackpool after a worker was injured at the Talbot Gateway building site.

Businesses are today being urged to ensure lives are not put at risk in 2014 – after 100 people were injured at work on the Fylde coast last year.

The warning comes from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after figures show that 15 people lost their lives while at work in the North West in 2012/13.

The statistics show a further 2,337 suffered a major injury over the same period of time.

This compares to 25 deaths and 2,682 major injuries the previous year.

In Blackpool there were 56 injuries and no deaths, in Fylde 26 injuries and no deaths, and in Wyre there were 18 injuries and one death.

Rick Brunt, HSE’s Head of Operations in the North West, said: “The families of those workers in the North West 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 to manage risk in workplaces.

“I therefore urge employers to focus their efforts on tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or devoting excessive time to 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 good management of risk to help to further cut the number of deaths and injuries in 2014.”

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

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