Warning as 260 are injured at work

PUBLISHED: 09:05 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

MORE than 260 people were injured at work in the St Albans district last year, according to latest figures. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a further 200 people suffered work-related injuries in Hertsmere where there were also two deaths

MORE than 260 people were injured at work in the St Albans district last year, according to latest figures.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a further 200 people suffered work-related injuries in Hertsmere where there were also two deaths.

In Herts as a whole there were 2,300 injuries at work and four deaths.

A warning has now been sent out by the HSE urging employers and staff to make their workplaces safer.

Simon Longbottom, the HSE Operations Manager for the East, said: "Every fortnight somebody died at work in the East of England last year. Some 266 people were injured every week. Behind these statistics are cases of real suffering and, for some, hardship through loss of income. We are asking that businesses in Herts take practical action to manage the risks people face in their day-to-day work."

He added: "Simple well-known precautions including training can prevent most of these incidents. The tragedy is that we continue to see injury and ill-health caused by the same old risks and we need businesses and self-employed people to work with us to help reduce injuries and make Herts a safer place to work.


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