Data: toll of workplace injuries revealed

Click on the map to compare the workplace safety record of the eastern counties.

Employers have been urged to make safety their priority in 2012 after the latest figures showed that the number of deaths linked to workplace accidents rose in 2011.

The Health and Safety Executive reminded employers of their legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their workforce after the provisional figures for 2011 showed that 171 people were killed at work in Great Britain last year, compared to 147 deaths during 2009/10.

More than 24,700 workers also suffered a major injury in 2010-11.

Simon Longbottom, HSE’s operations manager in the East of England, said: “These statistics highlight why we need good health and safety in British workplaces. Employers should spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face rather than worrying about trivial risks or pointless paperwork.

“It’s important to remember that we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, but one death is still one too many. I’d urge businesses to help cut the number of deaths in 2012.”

* CLICK on the map to compare the number of fatalities, major injuries and accidents that caused staff to have up to three days off work across the Eastern counties.