No deaths at work in Luton last year

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Sixteen workers were killed in the East of England in 2012-13, but none of these were in Luton, latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show.

This is compared to 19 deaths last year, and in Luton the figure dropped from one death last year to no deaths at work in 2012-13.

There were 56 major injuries at work in Luton reported to the HSE in 2012-13, slightly down from the 58 major injuries the year before.

The HSE is urging employers to make the safety of workers their priority in 2014 and ensure lives are not put at risk.

Annette Hall, HSE Regional Director for the East of England said: “The families of those workers in the East of England who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them and hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.

“Whilst the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces. I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or pointless paperwork.

“It’s important to remember that while we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, one death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths further in 2014.”

Central Beds reported no major injuries or deaths at work in 2012/13, and 30 major injuries but no deaths in 2011/12.

High-risk industries include construction which had 39 deaths last year, agriculture with 29 deaths, manufacturing with 20 deaths and waste and recycling with 10 deaths – making up over two-thirds of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2012/13.