Appeal after 295 injuries at work in Broxtowe and Ashfield

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An appeal has been launched by a safety watchdog after new figures show that 110 people in Broxtowe and 185 people in Ashfield suffered injuries at work between 2013 and 2014.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is appealling for Nottinghamshire businesses to make the wellbeing of workers their top priority for the new financial year as the safety watchdog celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The new figures also show that 2,400 people employed in Broxtowe were made ill through work, as well as 2,300 people in Ashfield.

Countywide figures revealed that two people lost their lives while at work in Bassetlaw between 2013 and 2014 and 1,552 workers suffered injury.

These figures are a huge reduction from when HSE was established in January 1975 and the UK has now become one of the safest places to work in the world.

Samantha Peace, HSE Regional Director for the East Midlands said: “The figures offer encouragement that we are continuing to head in the right direction, but they also show that we can still go further and challenge the industries where there is room to do more.

“Workplace conditions have improved dramatically in the past four decades, but as employers plan and prepare for the new financial year they need to ensure that health, safety and welfare is a clear focus.”

HSE Chairwoman Judith Hackitt, added that the watchdog has worked hard to make Britain a safer place to work, with work-related deaths reduced to 85 per cent and thousands of injuries prevented.