Major injuries prompt safety call

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Workplaces are being urged to take health and safety seriously after 68 people suffered major injuries in Bedford last year.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has called for businesses to rethink their workplace safety provisions in the New Year after figures showed that last year 2,141 major injuries happened after accidents at Bedfordshire firms. In Eastern England 19 workers were killed and 2,141 suffered a major injury.

Simon Longbottom, HSE’s head of operations for Eastern England, said: “Each year, instead of enjoying the occasion, families of workers in Eastern England who failed to come home from work safely spend Christmas and New Year thinking of absent loved ones.

“Hundreds of other workers, who have had their lives changed forever by major injury will be experiencing difficulties of their own.

“When put into this kind of context, it is clear why health and safety in British workplaces needs to be taken seriously. I implore employers to tackle the real dangers that workers face rather than focussing on the trivial or mire themselves in pointless paperwork.”

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