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.

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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.

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