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HSE Urge Firms To Keep Staff Safe In 2014

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9:16am 21st December 2013
(Updated 9:18am 21st December 2013)

The Health and Safety executive is warning Dorset businesses to protect staff after nearly 250 were seriously injured in the workplace last year.

1 person was killed in the county.

The HSE is urging local businesses to ensure lives are not being put at risk and that safety is their top priority going into the New Year.

The Health and Safety executive is warning Dorset businesses to protect staff after nearly 250 were seriously injured in the workplace last year.

1 person was killed in the county.

The HSE is urging local businesses to ensure lives are not being put at risk and that safety is their top priority going into the New Year.

The latest figures show there were 38 major injuries in West Dorset last year, 25 in Weymouth and Portland and over a dozen in Purbeck.

Samantha Peace, HSE Regional Director for the South West said:

"Over the last year, hundreds of workers in Dorset had their lives changed forever by a major injury and one family had to face Christmas without a loved one.

"Whilst the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces. I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or pointless paperwork.

"It's important to remember that while we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, one death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths further in 2014."
 
Information on tackling health and safety dangers in workplaces is available on HSE's website at www.hse.gov.uk.


Samantha Peace, HSE Regional Director for the South West said:

"Over the last year, hundreds of workers in Dorset had their lives changed forever by a major injury and one family had to face Christmas without a loved one.

"Whilst the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces. I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or pointless paperwork.

"It's important to remember that while we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, one death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths further in 2014."
 
Information on tackling health and safety dangers in workplaces is available on HSE's website at www.hse.gov.uk.

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