Number of deaths at work in Wales falls, HSE says

Image caption Construction is a 'high-risk' industry, the Health and Safety Executive says

The number of people who died at work has fallen by more than half in a year, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures show.

Eight people lost their lives in 2012/13 and 1,068 suffered a major injury, compared to 19 deaths and 1,192 major injuries the previous year.

There were 148 deaths at work in the UK compared to 171 the previous year.

Despite the drop, HSE said businesses needed to make employees' safety their "top priority" in 2014.

Across Britain, more than 20,600 workers suffered a major injury in 2012/13, a 10.8% drop on the previous year.

High-risk industries include construction, which had 39 deaths last year, agriculture with 29 deaths, manufacturing with 20 deaths, and waste and recycling with 10 deaths.

Those industries represented more than two-thirds of all workplace deaths in Britain during 2012/13.

Samantha Peace, HSE regional director for Wales, said: "The families of those workers in Wales who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them and hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.

"Whilst the number of workplace deaths and major injuries has decreased nationally, these statistics highlight why we still need good health and safety in workplaces.

"I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial matters or pointless paperwork.

"It's important to remember that while we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, one death is still one too many.

"I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths further in 2014."

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