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East of England workplaces among safest in the world, statistics show

PUBLISHED: 06:00 31 July 2014

Britain's workplace safety record has improved radically over the last 40 years.

Britain's workplace safety record has improved radically over the last 40 years.

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The number of people who lose their lives at work in Britain has dropped sharply by 85% over the past 40 years, from over 650 every year in 1974 to a record low of 133 today, new figures reveal. The number of injuries at work has also reduced considerably by 77% over the same time period, from 336,701 to 78,222.

Last year there were 27 fatal injuries to agriculture workers, 42 in construction and four in waste and recycling.

In the East of England, fatalities fell from 19 in 2011/12 to 16 in 2012/13. Over the same period, the number of major injuries reduced from 2,116 to 1,923.

Minister of state for health and safety, Mark Harper, said: “Our workplace safety record is now the envy of the world, with businesses and governments queuing up to tap into our expertise.”

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

The shocking prevalence of rape in Ipswich has been uncovered in an EADT and Star investigation.

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