New Years plea for employee safety from the Health and Safety Executive
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The HSE has issued a New Years reminder about workplace safety after published statistics showed that across the board the number of work related deaths in Great Britain rose in 2010/2011.
It has urged businesses to make the safety of their works a top priority for 2012.
The press release quotes HSE's Mike Walters, Principal Inspector in the South East, who said:
"The families of the four workers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them. Hundreds of other workers 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 that workers face rather than worrying about trivial risks or pointless paperwork.
"It's important to remember that we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, but one death is still one too many. I'd urge businesses to help cut the number of deaths in 2012."
Guidance for implementation of Health and Safety regulation can be found on their website.
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