The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is advising businesses to rethink their workplace safety provision in the New Year, following a provisional picture that the number of deaths or significant workplace injuries has failed to show a significant improvement in 2011/12.
A total of 173 were killed at work in Great Britain last year, with 5 of these being in the North East. This compares to 2010/11 figures of 175 deaths as a whole. Major injuries accounted for over 23,000, of which the North East suffered 1055, compared to 1242 in the previous year.
The high risk industries were Construction (49 deaths), Agriculture (33 deaths), Manufacturing (31 deaths) and Waste & Recycling (5 deaths).
David Snowball, HSE’s Director for Scotland and Northern England said: “I hope that in 2013 employers will tackle the real rather than the trivial dangers that workers face and not mire themselves in pointless paperwork so we can reduce the number of workplace deaths and major injury”