The number of people killed in work-related incidents in Britain has fallen, according to provisional figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). There were 148 deaths between April and March 2013, a 14% decrease from the previous year when 172 deaths were recorded. This reduction in the number of deaths in the workplace is testament to the work that has been carried out by the HSE and others within the health and safety industry, however there is still a lot more that needs to be done to protect the health and safety of workers.
According to HSE statistics, 12,000 workers die each year from occupational diseases such as cancer and lung disease. These are preventable deaths caused by exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, such as chemicals and dusts.
David O’Malley, President of BOHS comments: “We welcome the news that the number of fatal workplace injuries is falling, but we call for more recognition of the need to address the occupational disease burden. With better control of exposures in the workplace, these diseases and deaths can be prevented.”
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