HSE say firms must do better....
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ended the year by offering a stark warning about the consequences of poor health and safety practices in 2012, and urged firms to do better in 2013.
The HSE’s figures showed that the number of workplace related deaths across Britain as a whole remained virtually static in 2011/12, with 173 workers killed, compared to 175 deaths during 2010/11, not the positive trajectory the regulator had hoped for.
More than 23,000 workers also suffered a major injury. 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, Tim Galloway, HSE's head of operations for London, commented: "Each year, instead of enjoying the occasion, families of 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 the workplace needs to be taken seriously. I implore 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 further reduce the number of deaths and major injury in 2013 and make the year ahead a happier one for many families."