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Make Workers' Safety A Priority In 2015


12:04am 18th January 2015

An appeal's gone out to Dorset employers after new figures show the shocking numnber of people in the county who have suffered an injury while at work.

Safety watchdog the Health and Safety Executive is marking its 40th anniversary by asking local companies to make the welling being of their staff is their top priority this year.

Across the county last year 920 people suffered an injury at work while over 17,500  people were estimated to have been made ill because of their jobs.

Those new figures are down from the previous year but the HSE wants employers to think about what more they can do to protect their workforce.

Harvey Wild, HSE Head of Operations for the South West, said: "The families of the workers in Dorset who sadly lost their lives last year have just had to spend the festive period without their loved ones, while hundreds of other workers were made ill through their work or had their lives changed forever by a major injury."

"The figures offer encouragement that we are continuing to head in the right direction, but they also show that we can still go further and challenge the industries where there is room to do more."

"Workplace conditions have improved dramatically in the past four decades, but as employers plan and prepare for the new financial year they need to ensure that health, safety and welfare is a clear focus."

Nationally, across Great Britain, there were 133 deaths at work in 2013/14, more than 79,500 injuries were formally reported and over 1.1 million people are estimated to have been made ill.

Those numbers have fallen from when HSE was formally established in January 1975.

Act 1974 - the statute that underpins all health and safety legislation, and that is credited with making the UK one of the safest places to work in the world.

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