Fewer people in the East of England are dying or being seriously injured at work, according to figures for 2009/10 released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE):
Heather Bryant, Regional Director for HSE, said: "This is once again a step in the right direction, but conversely these figures show that there are still numerous cases where the health and safety of workers is still not being taken seriously. It is not trivia. Employers have a legal duty to protect their employees. Health and safety needs to be at the very heart of the business and not seen as an add-on, tick-box exercise at best or an unnecessary burden at worst.
Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE said: "It is encouraging to see further reduction in the number of people being killed and seriously injured at work. We now need to ensure that the improvements which are being made continue. Every statistic represents an individual or a family which is now suffering as a result of health and safety failings at work.
"Britain remains one of the safest places to work in the EU and we are rightly proud of this record. The challenge now is to focus on those areas where improvement is slow to emerge.
"We know what good practice looks like but there remain significant areas of poor practice which still result in serious harm to people at work. These statistics also remind us yet again of the significant gains which are yet to be made in reducing the harm caused to people's health by work."
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