Birmingham & Black Country

West Midlands workplace death figures revealed

Four people died while at work in Birmingham and the Black Country last year and nearly 900 suffered a major injury, according to latest figures.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a warning about workplace safety as it revealed a rise in UK-wide deaths in the year to March 2011.

A total of 171 people died at work, compared with 147 in 2009/10.

There were 899 major injuries in Birmingham and the Black Country in 2010/11 and 861 the year before.

Five deaths happened at work in the area in 2009/10.

Another 3,528 workers suffered an injury or ill health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, compared to 3,716 in the previous 12 months.

Rosi Edwards, HSE regional director in the West Midlands, said: "The families of the four workers who lost their lives in Birmingham and the Black Country last year had to face Christmas without them. Hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.

"Employers need to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial risks or doing pointless paperwork."

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