‘Basic failings’ leading to industrial deaths

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A TOP lawyer in Sheffield has lamented the number of people being killed because of ‘basic failings’ in health and safety in the workplace.

Workplace accident expert David Urpeth, speaking today to mark Workers Memorial Day, said employers need to more to improve safety.

Latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive show there were 24 fatal workplace accidents in Yorkshire in 2010/11 with hundreds more dying as a result of industrial illness such as asbestos-related mesothelioma.

Mr Urpeth, who works for Irwin Mitchell, said: “Time and time again we are approached by people whose lives have been shattered by the loss of a loved one at work. Unfortunately many accidents in the workplace are the result of basic failings in following health and safety guidance put in place to protect workers.”