District second for workplace injuries

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Workers in the Daventry district suffered the second highest number of workplace related injuries in Northamptonshire in 2013 to 14, new figures reveal.

Safety Watchdog the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released the figures last week which show 204 workers suffered an injury at work in the district last year, almost twice that of Wellingborough which had 116 and exceeded only by Northampton, which had 463.

There were 1,254 injuries and one death in Northamptonshire as a whole, compared to 1,302 and one death the previous year.

HSE said those involved in construction, manufacturing and waste and recycling are most at risk, with agriculture another industry where sustained improvement is needed.

Areas of particular concern include falls from height; work on machinery that is poorly maintained and guarded; and failing to properly manage workplace transport.

But nationally there has been a drastic reduction from when HSE was formally established in January 1975 to enforce the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 – the statute that underpins all health and safety legislation.

Samantha Peace, HSE regional director for the East Midlands said:“The family of the worker in Northamptonshire who sadly lost their life last year have just had to spend the festive period without their loved one, while thousands of other workers were made ill through their work or had their lives changed forever by a major injury. “The figures offer encouragement that we are continuing to head in the right direction, but they also show that we can still go further and challenge the industries where there is room to do more.

HSE chairman, Judith Hackitt, added: “Thousands of serious injuries have been prevented and work-related deaths have reduced by 85 per cent. HSE has helped Britain become one of the safest places to work in the world. Seeing the annual statistics always leads to mixed emotions, sympathy for those who have suffered injury themselves and for the families and workmates of those who have lost their lives, determination to improve things further as well as encouragement that we are continuing to make progress.