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Workplace deaths 'are preventable'

2nd February 2010 | Warning Signs

The dozens of workplace deaths which occur in the UK each year can be prevented with the use of safety measures, such as installing warning signs, according to one expert.

Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, pointed out that there were 40 deaths in the country last year as a result of slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

He said that "every single one" could have been prevented if employers had used the appropriate measures to protect staff, such as displaying health and safety signs.

Mr Barber also pledged his support for the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) Shattered Lives campaign, which aims to stop workplace accidents occurring.

"The key is proper risk assessment and control measures as highlighted by the HSE. Unions will warmly welcome this practical hard-hitting campaign and will be raising the issue with employers wherever and whenever they can," he said.

Recently, Lancashire farmer David Coar, who received severe injuries in a workplace accident, highlighted the importance of safety signs and other precautions in preventing incidents occurring.

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