UK workplace deaths on the decline, says HSE
The number of people who died in UK workplaces fell to a record low last year, it was confirmed on Wednesday (June 30th).
New figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that 151 Britons were killed at work between April 1st 2009 and March 31st 2010.
This compared to the total of 178 recorded in the previous 12-month period and an annual average of 220 deaths witnessed over the course of the past five years.
Judith Hackitt, chair of the HSE, described the results as "very encouraging", but also offered her condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives.
"This is a performance which owes much to good practice, leadership and employee engagement," she said.
"We should also remember that 151 families are mourning the loss of someone who last year went out to work and never came home."
Bosses of companies in sectors such as construction and agriculture are reminded to use safety measures and warning signs to ensure they fully protect their employees at all times.
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