Cambridgeshire has highest rate of workplace injuries in Britain

08 November, 2017 - 15:07
Cambridgeshire has highest rate of workplace injuries in Britain

Cambridgeshire has highest rate of workplace injuries in Britain

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Cambridgeshire has one of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Britain according to new figures.

There were 805 injuries for every 100,000 workers in East Cambridgeshire reported to the Health and Safety Executive in 2016/17 - more than three times the rate for Britain overall with only 263 injuries reported.

In Fenland, 565 injuries were reported for every 100,000 workers, which is the seventh highest rate.

An Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) spokesman said: “Agriculture, forestry and fishing industries result in the most workplace injuries, followed by construction and the waste and recycling industry has the highest rate of deaths.”

Brett Dixon, president of the APIL, said: “There are various factors which might contribute to a higher-than-average rate of injury, such as a prevalence of high-risk industries locally.

“The good news is that no workers were killed in East Cambridgeshire or Fenland and there has been a national long-term downward trend in the rate of both injuries and deaths in workplaces.

“Let’s hope that next year we’re looking at figures which show a reduction in workplace injury in East Cambridgeshire and Fenland, and that everyone who goes out to work returns home.”

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