Shock figures reveal Bassetlaw is workplace injury hot spot

Bassetlaw has one of the highest rates of workplace injuries in the country, according to a new study.

By Sophie Wills
Monday, 14th December 2015, 2:16 pm
HIGH Peaks employers are being urged to take action after 48 people were injured from slips, trips and falls in the boroughs workplaces last year.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the issue following 61 deaths and more than 14,000 serious injuries across Britain.
HIGH Peaks employers are being urged to take action after 48 people were injured from slips, trips and falls in the boroughs workplaces last year. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the issue following 61 deaths and more than 14,000 serious injuries across Britain.

In Bassetlaw, 554 workplace injuries were reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for every 100,000 employees in the area for the year 2014-15.

The overall workplace injury rate nationally is just 288.

National not-for-profit campaign group for injured people, the Association of Personal Lawyers (APIL) is highlighting the reality behind the figures for workers in the district.

“In many cases, workplace injuries happen when someone did not take proper care to protect employees and colleagues,” said APIL president Jonathan Wheeler.

“Suffering lies behind these figures and an injury can often have a knock-on effect on the injured person’s family, particularly if he or she is unable to work or care for children while during recovery, or needs help with day-to-day living”.

Bassetlaw was ranked 14th out of 20 highest injury rates in Britain by local authority.

The results also include neighbouring authorites Bolsover, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.