Health and safety report - 35 seriously injured in workplace in Burnley

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THIRTY-FIVE people suffered major injuries following accidents at work in Burnley last year.

The figures for 2010/11, which have been released by the Health and Safety Executive, also show 152 people needed a minimum of three days off work to recover from incidents in the workplace.

The number of incidents involving major injury in the town fell by 20 from 2009/10 to 2010/11 and the number of incidents where people needed three or more days off work dropped by 12 during the same period.

Health and safety bosses are now urging employers to make the safety of workers their top priority for 2012, and are reminding them of their legal responsibility to ensure lives are not put at risk.

Across Lancashire, there were eight deaths and 661 major injuries last year, compared to three deaths and 716 major injuries in 2009/10. Another 2,404 workers suffered an injury or ill-health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, compared to 2,471 in 2009/10.

The latest provisional figures show that nationally, on average, six in every million workers were killed while at work between April 2010 and March 2011.

High-risk industries include construction, which had 50 deaths last year, agriculture with 34 deaths, and waste and recycling with nine deaths, together making up more than half of all workplace deaths across the UK during 2010/11.

Mr David Sowerby, HSE’s regional director for the North-West, said: “The families of the eight workers in Lancashire who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them. Hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed by a major injury.

“These statistics highlight why we need good health and safety in British workplaces.

“Employers should spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face rather than worrying about trivial risks or pointless paperwork.”