Fig­ures re­veal city’s work­places are safer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.”

Pic­ture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON

GET­TING out and blow­ing away the hol­i­day cob­webs – fam­i­lies in Ferry Meadows feed­ing the ducks and swans.

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