Figures reveal city’s workplaces are safer
CITY offices, workshops and building sites are safer than last year, new figures have revealed.
There were nearly 30 fewer serious injuries at work in 2010/11 in Peterborough compared to the previous year and no deaths during the 12-month period according to new figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today.
However, despite the reduction in major incidents, the HSE has issued a fresh warning about workplace safety after the number of deaths rose across the country during the same period.
The organisation 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.
The figures reveal that Peterborough incidents resulting in major injuries fell from 122 to 93, while accidents leading to workers taking three or more days off ill fell from 423 to 353.
Despite the number of serious injuries falling in Peterborough, there were two deaths in Cambridgeshire in 2010/11, including a crane driver who drowned in Mepal, near Chatteris, in December 2010.
Other serious incidents recorded in the workplace in Cambridgeshire by the HSE between April 2010 and March 2011 included a roofer who fell from a height in Wisbech on September 3, 2010.
Another incident saw a farm worker get their leg trapped in potato harvester on October 18, 2010 in Doddington, near March.
The two deaths and 400 major injuries across Cambridgeshire compare to no deaths and 439 major injuries in 2009/10.
Across Cambridgeshire, the number of workers suffering an injury or ill health which required them to take at least three days off work fell from 1,503 cases in 2009/10 to 1,377 cases in 2010/11.
Simon Longbottom, HSE operations manager in the East of England, said: “The families of the two workers in Cambridgeshire who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them.
“Hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.
“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 or pointless paperwork.
“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.”
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