One of the New Year resolutions that South Yorkshire employers will have to take and keep would be to provide a safe working environment for their employees. The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures reveal that last year, across the region, about 65 work related accidents occurred every week, and totally 3412 people were injured or killed.
Studies show that in 2008, 10 people were killed, 690 people critically injured and 2692 people were hospitalised due to injuries. Unsafe working areas contributing to work related injuries and accidents have resulted in loss of 2.4 million working days in Yorkshire and Humber.
Last year, HSE took legal action against 119 companies in Yorkshire and Humber for not implementing safety features. David Snowball, HSE’s Regional Director, feels that though Britain has the best health and safety record in Europe, it has a long way to go where it concerns providing a safe work environment to its employees.