Updated: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 @ 5:07am

Fatal injuries in North West workplaces decrease, as area remains one of safest for employees

Fatal injuries in North West workplaces decrease, as area remains one of safest for employees

By Andrew Locke

Deaths in North West places of work have significantly decreased in the last year, according to national figures published this week.

There were 15 workplace-related deaths between April last year and March this year, a significantly lower number than the 25 fatal injuries recorded the year before.

The statistics released by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were categorised and collated into provisional data which showed that there had been less work related deaths nationally.

The Chair of the HSE, Judith Hackitt, CBE, still thinks more can be done.

“The fact that Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatalities will be of little consolation to those who lose family members, friends and work colleagues,” she said.

Mrs Hackitt referred to another statistic released in the research, that Britain has had one of Europe’s lowest workplace fatality levels for the last eight years – with just 0.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

The work of the HSE is paying off, with a national figure of 148 deaths, 24 lower than the previous year.

Steady progress will hopefully continue to happen across Britain.

The North West has set an excellent example on improving the safety of the workplace, and looks set to continue to do so.

Mrs Hackitt added: “We all have a part to play to ensure people come home safe at the end of the working day and good leadership, employee engagement and effective risk-management are key to achieving this.”

Detailed information on regions such as Greater Manchester is expected to be published later in the year.

Further information on workplace statistics is available online at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics

Picture courtesy of Mykl Roventine, with thanks.

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