West Country Named Most Dangerous Area of Britain to Work

Reported in the Western Daily Express, ‘The number of people killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents is higher in the West Country than the rate in the rest of Britain, new figures reveal today.

Their publication by the Health & Safety Executive has led to calls for tougher sanctions on businesses who were last night accused of not putting the safety of staff first.

The HSE revealed that a dozen people were killed in workplace incidents in 2012-13, and another 1,876 suffered a major injury. There were also 4,662 injuries to employees that required them to be off work for more than seven days.

That meant the rate of death or serious injury to workers in the West was 81.4 for every 100,000 employees – which is higher than the national average rate of 78.9.’

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