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Rise in number of people in Wales injured or killed at work

Tata Steel was fined half a million pounds after admitting breaching health & safety rules following the death of a worker Photo: ITV News Wales

The latest figures released by the the Health and Safety Executive show there has been a rise in the number of people killed or injured at work in Wales over the past twelve months.

Eighteen workers lost their lives while at work last year and and over one thousand two hundred others suffered a major injury.

The figures are up on last year when there were eleven deaths and employers are being urged to focus on real risk.

The Health and Safety Executive has asked business to rethink workplace safety provisions in the New Year.

"Each year, instead of enjoying the occasion, families of workers in Wales who failed to come home from work safely spend Christmas and the New Year thinking of absent loved ones.

"Hundreds of other workers who have had their lives changed forever by major injury will be experiencing difficulties of their own.

"When put into this kind of context, it is clear why health and safety in British workplaces needs to be taken seriously. I urge employers to tackle the real dangers that workers face rather than focussing on the trivial or mire themselves in pointless paperwork.

"My New Year wish is that we can reduce the number of deaths and major injury in 2013 and make the year ahead a happier one for many families."

– Rosi Edwards, HSE's Regional Director for Wales

The following table lists the numbers of deaths across Wales during 2010/11.

  • Bridgend - 1
  • Caerphilly - 1
  • Carmarthenshire - 2
  • Flintshire - 2
  • Neath & Port Talbot - 4
  • Newport - 1
  • Pembrokeshire - 5
  • Powys - 1
  • Swansea - 1

In the UK a total of a hundred and seventy three workers were killed at work last year, compared to a hundred and seventy five worker deaths during 2010/11.

More than 23,000 workers also suffered a major injury.

High-risk industries include construction, which had 49 deaths last year, agriculture with 33 deaths, manufacturing with 31 deaths and waste and recycling with 5 deaths - making up more than half of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2011/12.