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

06:00 31 July 2014

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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.

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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.”

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