Safety watchdog the Health and Safety Executive is marking its 40th anniversary with an appeal for local businesses to make the wellbeing of workers their top priority for the new financial year.
The watchdog has released a breakdown of the number of fatal and serious injuries suffered by workers, and an estimate of the number of workers suffering from work-related illnesses for the 2013/14 financial year.
In Leicestershire and Rutland, three people lost their lives at work and 1,419 suffered injury. This compares to only one death and 1,461 injuries in the previous year.
In Lincolnshire figures show that two people lost their lives at work and 1,252 suffered injury. That compares to two deaths in the previous year and 1,286 injuries.
The figures for Northamptonshire show that two people lost their lives at work and 1,254 suffered injury, which is compared to one death and 1,302 injuries in the previous year.
Information on tackling health and safety dangers in the workplace is available on HSE’s website at www.hse.gov.uk.