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Reminder for employers after 15 workers killed in North West

Date:
30 December 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging businesses 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.

The fresh appeal comes as new figures show that 15 people lost their lives while at work in the North West in 2012/13 and 2,337 suffered a major injury. This compares to 25 deaths and 2,682 major injuries the previous year.

The latest provisional figures show that the number of deaths across Great Britain has fallen in the last year, with 148 people killed at work, compared to 171 deaths during 2011/12. More than 20,600 workers also suffered a major injury in 2012/13, representing a 10.8 percent drop on the previous year. Five in every million workers were killed while at work between April 2012 and March 2013.

High-risk industries include construction which had 39 deaths last year, agriculture with 29 deaths, manufacturing with 20 deaths and waste and recycling with 10 deaths – making up over two-thirds of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2012/13.

Rick Brunt, HSE’s Head of Operations in the North West, said:

“The families of those workers in the North West 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 to manage risk in workplaces. I therefore urge employers to focus their efforts on tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or devoting excessive time to 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 good management of risk to help to further cut the number of deaths and injuries in 2014.”   Information on tackling health and safety dangers in workplaces is available on HSE’s website at www.hse.gov.uk.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk

2. The following table lists the numbers of deaths and injuries to workers across the North West during 2012/13 and 2011/12.

Local Authority Area

Deaths 2011-12

Major injuries 2011-12

Deaths 2012-13

Major injuries 2012-13

Cheshire East

0

144

0

151

Cheshire West and Chester

1

126

1

129

Halton

2

53

0

43

Warrington

0

90

0

92

Cheshire Total

3

413

1

415

Allerdale

1

27

2

19

Barrow-in-Furness

2

26

1

29

Carlisle

0

59

1

37

Copeland

1

22

0

15

Eden

1

25

0

17

South Lakeland

1

56

1

39

Cumbria Total

6

215

5

156

Bolton

1

91

0

66

Bury

1

55

2

46

Manchester

2

287

1

264

Oldham

2

72

0

65

Rochdale

1

66

0

42

Salford

1

102

0

77

Stockport

0

84

0

56

Tameside

0

73

3

39

Trafford

0

128

0

55

Wigan

1

83

0

65

Greater Manchester Total

9

1041

6

775

Blackburn

0

49

0

60

Blackpool

0

69

0

56

Burnley

0

33

0

32

Chorley

1

38

0

25

Fylde

1

21

0

26

Hyndburn

0

23

0

21

Lancaster

0

60

0

61

Pendle

0

19

0

24

Preston

1

72

0

96

RibbleValley

0

23

0

22

Rossendale

0

21

0

26

South Ribble

1

40

0

31

West Lancashire

0

48

0

65

Wyre

0

28

1

18

Lancashire Total

4

544

1

563

Knowsley

2

57

0

62

Liverpool

0

187

1

158

Sefton

0

67

1

55

St Helens

0

54

0

60

Wirral

1

104

0

93

Merseyside Total

3

469

2

428

North West Total

25

2,682

15

2,337

3. A list of the deaths reported to HSE during 2012/13 is available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/fatalities/2013-14.htm The information is updated on a monthly basis, and does not purport to be a formal statistical release. Subsequent investigation may determine that some are not reportable as workplace deaths, for example deaths due to natural causes.

4. Further information on workplace statistics can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics

5. Based on available data (2010), Britain has the third lowest rate of fatal injuries to workers in Europe – behind Slovakia and The Netherlands.

6. The reporting of health and safety incidents at work is a statutory requirement, set out under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). A reportable incident includes: a death or major injury; any accident which does not result in major injury, but the injured person still has to take seven or more days off their normal work to recover; a work related disease; a member of the public being injured as a result of work related activity and taken to hospital for treatment; or a dangerous occurrence, which does not result in a serious injury, but could have done.

7. The figures for 2012/13 are provisional. They will be finalised in October 2014 following any necessary adjustments arising from investigations, in which new facts can emerge about whether the accident was work-related. The delay of a year in finalising the figures allows for such matters to be fully resolved in the light of formal interviews with all relevant witnesses, forensic investigation and coroners’ rulings.

8. HSE has adopted the revised SIC 2007 classification codes. More information is available on HSE Website  http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/developments/news/sic2007.htm

9. HSE news releases are available at www.hse.gov.uk/press.

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