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Work accident statistics show improvement

Despite Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures, released in October 2009, which showed a national fall in work accidents resulting in death and injuries, the HSE are urging employers to ensure safe working procedures are maintained as a matter of course throughout the coming year.

Across England, Wales and Scotland injuries caused by workplace accidents, classified as serious or requiring over three days or more off work, reduced by 7,000 and fatal injuries at work fell to an all-time low of 180 in 2008/09.

However, in some regions across the nations, work injury and death statistics rose. West Yorkshire saw an increase in work accident deaths from five to eight in 2008/09. And ten workers in South Yorkshire were killed during 2008/09, as opposed to three in the previous period of 2007/08.

The HSE prosecuted 1,231 work accident offences and issued 8,054 enforcement notices to businesses found to be operating outside health and safety guidelines.


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