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Injury statistics 'highlight need for safety signs'

2nd February 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

New figures which reveal that there are still a large number of slips, trips and falls occurring in the country's workplaces illustrate the need to take precautions, such as installing safety signs, one source has said.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published data which show that there were 187 major injuries to workers in Berkshire alone last year after they were involved in avoidable slip, trip and fall accidents.

Gareth Broughton, principle inspector for HSE in the region, said that slips may seem funny to some people but they can ruin lives and demonstrate the need to take precautions, such as using health and safety signs.

"Making improvements doesn't need to cost the earth and we are encouraging people to visit the Shattered Lives site, where they will be able to get simple and cost-effective solutions to help manage slips, trips and falls hazards in their workplace," he said.

Recently, Lancashire firm DC Kennedy Homes was fined £7,500 as a result of an incident in which a 64-year-old worker fell form an unstable ladder, which highlights the importance of safety signs.

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