Work place accidents high in Amber Valley

new statistics have revealed Amber Valley has the most work place accidents in Derbyshire, with two deaths and 72 injuries recorded in the borough last year alone.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now urging employers to make the safety of workers their top priority for 2012, after the number of deaths rose across Great Britain in 2010/11.

The two deaths where that of odd job man Raymond Corner who plunged to his death from scaffolding the day after his 57th birthday in Smalley on October 22, 2010. And agricultural worker Alan Painter, 70, of Morwood Farm, Alfreton, was struck by a vehicle and killed in Amber Valley, on February 26, 2011. Both men were self-employed.

There was a total of four deaths and 447 major injuries in Derbyshire last year - compared to five deaths and 458 major injuries the year before.

Another 1,405 workers suffered an injury or ill health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, compared with 1,543 in 2009/10.

Two roofers were handed a suspended prison sentence after seriously injuring an office worker in Ripley.

Jason Lunt and Gregory Wright, both 41, from Walsall, were re-felting the flat roof of Jubilee House on Nottingham Road on September 22, last year, when a 37kg roll of felt was allowed to crash through a skylight and injure office worker Kathleen Phillips, of Allestree.

Rosi Edwards, Health and Safety Regional Director in the East Midlands said: “These statistics highlight why we need good health and safety in British work places. Employers need to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial risks or doing pointless paperwork.

“It’s important to remember that we still have one of the lowest rates of work place deaths in Europe, but one death is still one too many. I would urge businesses to focus on helping to cut the number of deaths in 2012.”

A total of 171 people were killed at work in Great Britain last year, compared to 147 deaths during 2009/10. Over 24,700 workers also suffered a major injury in 2010/11.