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1st November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The rate of workplace-related injuries is steadily falling, according to new statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

HSE’s statistics for 2012/2013 show that the injury rate overall has dropped. Fatal injuries have fallen from 171 to 148, which is a welcome drop of 23. The average for the last five years is 181 fatal accidents.

The statistics show an 11 per cent drop in the number of major injuries. The number of reported major injuries for 2010/2011 was 22,094, which has been reduced by 2,387 to 19,707.

The most common cause of accidents was “slips or trips”, which accounted for 43 per cent of all the UK’s major injuries. The next most common cause was found to be falls from a height, which caused 13 per cent of injuries.

HSE recommends employers take all appropriate steps to prevent workplace injury, such as removing obstructions, ensuring health and safety signage is up-to-date and visible, and keeping floors and walkways well-maintained.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801656086-ADNFCR


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