Slight fall in industrial injuries in Bath area
The number of people involved in major injury industrial incidents in the Bath area fell last year.
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that 54 people suffered major injuries at work in Bath and north east Somerset in the year 2011/12 – more than one every week.
The total fell from 70 the previous year.
There was one fatal injury at work in B&NES, following a year when no one had died at work.
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And the number of people suffering work-related injuries which forced them to take at least three days off rose from 221 to 226.
In the area of Wiltshire outside Swindon, there was also a fall in major injury incidents – from 208 to 190, while the number of three-day injuries rose from 579 to 606.
The death toll rose from one to three.
Across the south west, nine workers lost their lives while at work – compared to five last year – and 1,094 suffered a major injury.
The HSE has asked business to rethink workplace safety provision in the new year and to concentrate on "real dangers" rather than "focussing on the trivial" and getting bogged down in paperwork.
The construction, farming and manufacturing industries had the heaviest death tolls in a year that claimed 173 workers across Britain.