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Fall in Number of Workplace Injuries

The number of workers injured in work accidents has fallen, according to official figures.

The Health and Safety Executive has reported the statistics for the number of people injured at work in Britain between April 2011 and March 2012. Some of the key figures are shown below.

The number of workers killed in work accidents fell slightly from 175 in 2010/11 to 173 in 2011/12. Over the past five years, on average, 196 workers have been killed every year. This shows that the number of deaths is in a general downward trend.

The number of employees that suffered major injuries in work accidents is also reported to have fallen. Major injuries include injuries such as amputations or bone fractures. These fell from 24,944 in 2010/11 to 22,433 in 2011/12.

Finally, the number of workers who suffered injuries that were not classed as major but were serious enough to keep them off work for four days or more, also fell. 91,742 people suffered such injuries in 2010/11 compared to just 88,731 in 2011/12.

The HSE also reported in which industries workers were most likely to get injured. The construction industry, agriculture and waste/recycling were reported to be statistically amongst the highest risk to workers.

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