Employers urged to make workplace safer

EMPLOYERS in Suffolk are being urged to make working environments safer after it was revealed that on average five people a day were involved in accidents at work last year.

EMPLOYERS in Suffolk are being urged to make working environments safer after it was revealed that on average five people a day were involved in accidents at work last year.

The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed a total of 1,857 people were involved in accidents at work, an average of 36 incidents every week.

The toll, which includes one death in the mid-Suffolk area, has led to the HSE calling on employers in Suffolk to make their workplaces safer this year.

Simon Longbottom, the HSE Operations Manager for the East, said: “Every fortnight somebody died at work in the East of England last year. Some 266 people were injured every week.

“Behind these statistics are cases of real suffering and, for some, hardship through loss of income.

“Evidence shows that where employers and employees work closely together to agree the agenda and set targets to tackle real risks, they have made significant improvements.

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“We want this to continue and also want to see employers taking more ownership and leadership to embed health and safety in their organisational culture by involving the workforce.”

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