Deaths at work rise worries MP

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INCREASING workplace deaths have been raised as a matter for concern by South Yorkshire MP Denis MacShane.

Figures show that in the first full year of the coalition government, 171 workers were killed in industrial accidents, compared to 152 workers who died in the last year of the Labour government.

Mr MacShane, who represents Rotherham, said: “This 12.5 per cent in workplace deaths is very worrying.

“Prime Minister David Cameron is proposing to cut by £80 million the budget of the Health and Safety Executive. Managers and employers do not want to put workers at risk but there is a change of culture. The Government is reducing rights of trade unions to oblige employers to listen to workers’ concerns.”