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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 searching for 53-year-old Bruce Antell reported missing from Newmarket have reported that a body has been found in east Sussex.

A Suffolk man who swindled the owners of VW camper vans out of more than £30,000 by taking money for work he didn’t do has been jailed for 15 months.

Paramedics were called to a home in East Bergholt this afternoon after four people at one property all had allergic reactions to wasp stings.

Travellers who pitched up on a playing field in Burrs Road, Clacton on Monday are facing court action after the group failed to move on despite being served notice to leave.

A former Colchester man who raped and sexually assaulted a schoolgirl has been jailed for 12 years.

Organisers of an annual Suffolk theatre festival have revealed plans to take this year’s shows on the road for a new venture.

Ipswich could be one of the worst-hit cities in Britain if the country faces a “hard Brexit” with no access to the European single market after we leave the EU.

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