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HSE: London saw 11 workplace deaths last year

There has been a fall in the number of people who died at work in London, official figures reveal, which may be due to increased awareness of personal protective equipment such as safety boots.

A new report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that 11 people were killed in work accidents in the capital during 2009/10, which is a significant decline on the 19 deaths recorded in the previous year.

In addition, the watchdog pointed out that this figure is well under London's five-year average of 21 work-related fatalities per annum.

However, Stephen Williams, divisional director of HSE London, pointed out that there is still room for further improvement, despite the encouraging figures.

'While it's heartening to see a reduction in the number of work-related deaths in London, it's simply not good enough that 11 people failed to come home from work to their families last year,' he commented.

Last month, prime minister David Cameron revealed that a comprehensive review of the UK's health and safety law and practice will be carried out by Lord Young of Graffham.

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