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Safety signs 'could have reduced' 7,500 east of England slips, trips and falls

10th February 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

A total of 7,500 days of work were lost in the east of England last year due to slips, trips and falls, which could have been prevented with safety signs.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released the figures, which showed that the cost of these accidents in the 2008-09 period was around £800 million.

Simon Longbottom, head of operations for the east of England's HSE, said that many of the slips, trips and falls were preventable, while safety signs could have helped to avoid some.

"Slips, trips and falls might sound funny but they shatter the lives of thousands of British workers every year," he added.

Following the release of the figures the organisation re-launched its Shattered Lives campaign, which urges companies to make small, cost-effective changes to help reduce accidents, such as putting up safety signs.

Across the UK over 4,000 employees suffered a major injury as a result of a fall from height in 2008-09.

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