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Safety council stresses the need to sustain improvements

The Health and Safety Executive has published the annual statistics concerning workplace injury and ill-health in Great Britain in 2011/12.

The statistics reveal that both the number and incidence of major and three-day injuries continue to fall as well as the number of work-related ill health cases.

British Safety Council chief executive Alex Botha commented: “We note encouraging signs of sustained improvement in preventing injury and ill-health in Great Britain’s workplaces.

“As HSE chair Judith Hackitt noted, the reduction in the number of people injured and made ill by work, against a backdrop of tough economic conditions, is to be welcomed.

“These statistics should act as a constant reminder to all of us of the sad reality of thousands of employees being injured and made ill and those still dying needlessly as a result of preventable workplace injuries and work-related diseases.

“We must continue to sustain the improvements made over the last ten years in preventing workplace injury and ill-health occurrences.”

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