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News - 27 April 2012

TUC campaigns for safer work place.

This Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, held on 28 April every year where unions and safety campaigners around the world remember those who die every year as a result of work-related accidents and diseases.

The TUC is concerned that the UK's workplace safety record could be about to get worse as a direct result of government policies. Not only do funding cuts - both to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and to local authorities - mean there will be fewer inspections, the government has also said that workplaces like shops, offices and schools no longer need to be routinely visited by safety inspectors.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'The government says we don't need any more regulation, that the UK is a safe place to work. If only this were the case. With the UK 20th in a list of 34 developed nations, we've hardly got a safety record to be proud of.

Lavinia Newman of ABDS says:

“Employers that I have known over the years regard that improving safety and occupational health at work is not an intrusive burden, but on the contrary, it is a positive way to improve staff relations and reduce costs.”

All Industries
Employees                                          120
Self employed                                       51
Workers                                               171
Members of the public                      318
Total fatalities                                     489

The table shows provisional information on the numbers of fatal injuries for the twelve months commencing 1 April 2010 and ending 31 March 2011.

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