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Take health and safety seriously, bishop says

10th November 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

The Bishop of Liverpool has urged companies to make health and safety awareness, such as the use of warning signs, a top priority.

Merseyside's Right Reverend James Jones spoke after visiting the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) headquarters in Bootle where he heard about the number of deaths and injuries that have occurred while people have been at work.

Last year alone, 151 people were killed while working in Britain, and more than 100,000 suffered serious injuries.

Meeting HSE staff and finding out how the regulator was working to reduce deaths and injuries in the workplace, Bishop James said: "We should not forget the reason why health and safety exists in the first place - to protect lives.

"Life is a glorious gift. The most terrible tragedy in all this is that so many of the deaths that occur in the workplace are entirely preventable - hundreds of lives are being lost and thousands of people seriously hurt because of basic failings."

On April 28th this year, the bishop discussed health and safety on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day programme. It was the first time Workers' Memorial Day was remembered in the UK.
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