Workplace injuries up in St Albans

ST ALBANS: Fifty people suffered major workplace injuries in the district in a one year period up to March 2011 according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The figures – which show St Albans had the joint highest number of serious injuries in Herts with Welwyn-Hatfield between April 2010 and March 2011 – have been released by HSE as part of a warning about workplace injury.

And it comes just weeks after the death of a man who was trapped in machinery at a recycling plant on the Ivory Industrial Estate in Harper Lane, Radlett, in mid December.

James Griffin, a 31-year-old recycling supervisor, is thought to have been clearing a blockage in the feed mechanism of a polystyrene compactor when he became trapped.

As well as the 50 major injuries logged in the district by the HSE, a further 144 workers had to take three days or more off work to recover from injuries suffered in the workplace.

The national figures show that six in every million workers were killed while at work during the one-year period in question with the highest-risk industries including construction, agriculture and waste and recycling making up more than half of workplace deaths.