Number of fatalities at work has reduced in Daventry

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Employers are being urged to maintain their safety after the number of people killed in work dropped in Daventry last year.

One person was killed at work in Daventry in 2010/11 while no one received fatal injuries in 2011/12.

Across the county the number has reduced from five deaths in 2010/11 to two in 2011/12.

However the number of major injuries sustained at work last year increased in Daventry from 38 to 51 but reduced overall in the county from 364 to 343.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has asked business to rethink workplace safety provisions in the New Year after the number of deaths in Great Britain as a whole failed to show a significant fall in 2011/12.

However, progress is already being made in Northamptonshire. Another 1,404 workers suffered injuries which required at least three days off work in 2011/12, compared to 1,408 in 2010/11.

The latest provisional figures show that nationwide, on average, six in every million workers were killed while at work between April 2011 and March 2012.

High-risk industries include construction, which had 49 deaths last year, agriculture with 33 deaths, manufacturing with 31 deaths and waste and recycling with 5 deaths - making up more than half of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2011/12.

Urging employers to make the safety of workers their top priority for 2013, Rosi Edwards, HSE’s Regional Director for the Midlands, said:

“Each year, instead of enjoying the occasion, families of Northamptonshire workers who failed to come home from work safely spend Christmas and the New Year thinking of absent loved ones.

“Hundreds of other workers who have had their lives changed forever by major injury will be experiencing difficulties of their own.

“When put into this kind of context, it is clear why health and safety in British workplaces needs to be taken seriously. I urge employers to tackle the real dangers that workers face rather than focussing on the trivial or mire themselves in pointless paperwork.

“My New Year wish is that we can reduce the number of deaths and major injury in 2013 and make the year ahead a happier one for many families.”

Information on tackling health and safety dangers in workplaces is available on HSE’s website at www.hse.gov.uk