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Businesses in East Midlands praised for health and safetyPosted on 01/11/2007

Businesses across the East Midlands have been praised for helping to reduce the number of workplace injuries suffered in the area.

New figures have revealed that businesses in regions including Lincolnshire and Derbyshire have improved their use of protective workwear and regulations, as the number of injuries was down by almost 600 on last year.

However, the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) statistics also showed that the number of fatal injuries to workers in the past year had increased by one on the figure for the previous year.

Discussing the statistics, the HSE's East Midland's head of operations, Alan Craddock, said the use of fall arrest equipment and other safety tools could improve the findings further.

He explained: 'I'm pleased by the reduction in the rate of injuries, reflecting the national downward trend.

'However work still needs to be done to prevent fatal injuries from falls from heights, and injuries caused by slips, trips and manual handling.'

The HSE is a government body created to promote the well-being of workers across the UK.

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