Figures show 17 killed at work

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Published: Thursday 15th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Seventeen people were killed in work incidents in Yorkshire in 2013/14 – two more than the year before, new figures show.

The Health and Safety Executive data also shows the number of work injuries went down, with just 7,422 people hurt in 2013/14 and 7,649 the year before.

It issued an appeal for firms in the region to prioritise their workers’ wellbeing as the fresh financial year gets under way.

Head of operations for Yorkshire and the Humber John Rowe said it was sad that the newest statistics showed two more people had died than the year before but suggested the main trend was that workplaces were getting safer.

The HSE was established in 1975 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The first year’s statistics it produced showed 651 staff had died in 1974/75 and that would not have included anyone classed as self-employed.

Across the whole country for 2013/14, 133 people lost their lives while working and 79,500 were hurt on the job. On top of that 1.1 million people became unwell as a result of their job, including over 110,000 in Yorkshire.

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Published: Thursday 15th January 2015 by The News Editor

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