FENLAND: District had third lowest number of work-related incidents in county last year

PUBLISHED: 14:13 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

FENLAND had the third lowest number of work-related incidents in Cambridgeshire last year, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive. A total of 279 incidents were reported to the HSE in 2008, in which workers were seriously injured

FENLAND had the third lowest number of work-related incidents in Cambridgeshire last year, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive.

A total of 279 incidents were reported to the HSE in 2008, in which workers were seriously injured. There were no fatalities.

Those figures were beaten by South Cambridgeshire, which saw 213 non-fatal incidents and two fatal incidents in the same period; and East Cambridgeshire with 205 non-fatal incidents.

Across Cambridgeshire, three people were killed and 2,360 workers were injured in work-related accidents - an average of 45 incidents every week.

Peterborough Unitary Authority saw more incidents than any other district in Cambridgeshire, with 646 incidents.

Huntingdonshire came second with one fatal and 513 non-fatal incidents, and Cambridge City Council was third with 504 non-fatal incidents.

The HSE is calling on Cambridgeshire's employers and workforce to make 2009 a safer year.

Simon Longbottom, the HSE Operations Manager for the East, said: "Behind these statistics are cases of real suffering and, for some, hardship through loss of income. We are asking that businesses in Cambridgeshire take practical action to manage the risks people face in their day-to-day work.

"Evidence shows that where employers and employees work closely together to agree the agenda and set targets to tackle real risks, they have made significant improvements.

"We want this to continue and want to see employers taking more ownership and leadership to embed health and safety in their organisational culture by involving the workforce."

The HSE has urged businesses to take simple action to avoid accidents. These include:

Using safe platforms with guarded edges for working at height,

Securing ladders properly where these have to be used, and

Securing loads before moving them.

Mr Longbottom said: "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 Cambridgeshire a safer place to work.

"When it comes to workplace safety we cannot be complacent, we all have a role to play in 2009."

WORK-RELATED INCIDENTS IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE IN 2008 BY LOCAL AUTHORITY AREA

(Authority - fatal - non-fatal injuries)

Peterborough Unitary Authority - 0 - 646

Huntingdonshire District Council - 1 - 513

Cambridge City Council - 0 - 504

Fenland District Council - 0 - 279

South Cambridgeshire District Council - 2 - 213

East Cambridgeshire District Council - 0 - 205

TOTAL - 3 - 2,360


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