Safety call to employers after six workers killed

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Six people lost their lives at work in South Yorkshire last year and 625 suffered a major injury, according to latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive.

The organisation, which investigates workplace accidents, said there were also 2,204 minor injuries or incidents of ill-health requiring workers to take at least three days off work.

But the figures, from April 2010 to March 2011, show a decline on the previous year, when there were six deaths but 641 major injuries and 2,304 minor injuries or ill health cases. There was also a drop in the wider Yorkshire region figures.

Paul Spurrier, HSE head of operations in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “While there was a welcome fall in the number of major and other injuries in Yorkshire and Humber, there were still hundreds of workers who have had their lives changed forever 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 workers face.”

Nationally, the number of deaths at work increased from 147 during 2009/10 to 171 in 2010/11.

The breakdown of statistics for South Yorkshire showed that during 2010/11, in Sheffield, there were four deaths, 231 serious and 869 minor injuries – compared to one death plus 273 major and 886 minor injuries in 2009/10.

Rotherham had two deaths, 123 serious and 393 minor injuries in 2010/11, compared with one death, 128 major and 407 minor injuries in 2009/10.

In Barnsley there were no deaths, but 90 serious and 280 minor injury cases in 2010/11 – compared with two deaths, 91 serious and 339 minor injuries in 2009/10.

In Doncaster there were no deaths, but 181 serious and 662 minor injuries in 2010/11, against two deaths, 149 serious and 672 minor injuries the previous year.