Number of injuries suffered at work in Northamptonshire falls

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Figures show the number of major injuries suffered at work in north Northamptonshire has fallen in the last year.

There were 116 injuries in Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough in 2012/13, a fall from 150 in 2011/12. That year also saw two deaths at work in the north of the county, with none having occurred in incidents this year.

Meanwhile, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging businesses to continue to focus on their legal responsibility to ensure lives are not put at risk and make the safety of workers their top priority for 2014.

Samantha Peace, HSE regional director for the East Midlands said: “The families of those workers in the East Midlands who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them and hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.

“Whilst the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces.
“I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or pointless paperwork.

“It’s important to remember that while we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, one death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths further in 2014.”