TUC comment on fatal injuries statistics

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date: Thursday 28 July 2005

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TUC comment on fatal injuries statistics

Commenting on the Health & Safety Commission’s (HSC) latest detailed statistics on fatal injuries released today, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

' The TUC welcomes the fall in fatalities. However, any death is a tragedy and almost all of them are preventable if proper safety precautions are in place. Although the overall figures have fallen, there have been increases in manufacturing and construction, which must be of particular concern.

'Even if the rate is falling, the figures for some industries, such as construction and agriculture, are still very high and we hope that there will be strong enforcement action in these sectors to bring the rate down further.'

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