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4 die and 370 injured in North Yorkshire

Health and Safety Executive

12:00am 4th January 2012

Four people lost their lives while at work in North Yorkshire last year and more than 370 suffered a major injury, according to the latest statistics.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a fresh warning about workplace safety after the number of deaths rose across Great Britain in 2010/11.

It 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.

A total of 171 people were killed at work in Great Britain last year, compared to 147 deaths during 2009/10.

More than 24,700 workers also suffered a major injury in 2010/11.

The four deaths and 376 major injuries in North Yorkshire compare with three deaths and 436 major injuries in 2009/10.

Another 1,137 workers suffered an injury or ill health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, around 30 fewer than the 1,166 the previous year.

In Yorkshire & the Humber as a whole, there were 24 deaths and 2,609 major injuries compared with 23 deaths and 2,741 major injuries in 2009/10.

Another 8,854 workers suffered an injury or ill health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, compared with 9,309 the previous year.

The latest provisional figures show that, on average, six in every million workers were killed while at work between April 2010 and March 2011.

High-risk industries include construction which had 50 deaths last year, agriculture with 34 deaths, and waste and recycling with nine deaths, making up more than half of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2010/11.

Paul Spurrier, Head of Operations for HSE in Yorkshire & the Humber, said:

“The families of the 24 workers in our region who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas and a New Year without them. While there was a welcome fall in the number of major and other injuries in Yorkshire and Humber, there were still hundreds of workers who 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.”

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

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