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Positive HSE figures may encourage use of PPE like safety boots

The number of work-related deaths and injuries fell last year, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Research published by the organisation finds that UK employees took off 29.3 million working days because of poor health or injury between April 2008 and March 2009 across English, Welsh and Scottish regions.

This is said to have decreased from 33.9 million days in the 2007-08 period.

HSE chair Judith Hackitt commented: 'In spite of the encouraging overall statistics today let's not forget that they tell also us a story of individuals and families who have suffered.

'This underlines the real risks that people can face at work every day.'

In a move which may encourage firms to continue their focus on the use of personal protective equipment like safety gloves when necessary, Ms Hackitt added that the UK must now maintain its health and safety improvements.

The HSE is to offer practical guidance to construction firms in Fife this week, as part of a free safety event.

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