Workplace warning after two lost their lives last year

TWO people lost their lives while at work in Northumberland last year and 152 suffered a major injury, according to the latest statistics.

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.

A total of 171 people were killed at work in Great Britain last year, compared to 147 deaths during 2009/10. More than 24,700 workers also suffered a major injury in 2010/11.

The two deaths and 152 major injuries in Northumberland compare to one death and 146 major injuries in 2009/10. Another 400 workers suffered an injury or ill-health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, compared to 471 in 2009/10.

Pam Waldron, HSE Head of Operations in the North East, said: “These statistics highlight why we need good health and safety in British workplaces. Employers should spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face rather than worrying about trivial risks.”

“It’s important to remember that we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, but one death is still one too many. I’d urge businesses to help cut the number of deaths in 2012.”