Put safety before paperwork, firms are urged

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The Health and Safety Executive today urged North West 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.

In Preston, the number of serious injuries rose from 73 to 96, and in Lancaster from 60 to 61.

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 per cent drop.

Rick Brunt, HSE’s head of operations in the North West, said: “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.”