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Workplace accidents cost £2m

PUBLISHED: 11:20 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 12 August 2010

ACCIDENTS in the workplace have cost companies more than £2 million in the last year, according to the London Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

ACCIDENTS in the workplace have cost companies more than £2 million in the last year, according to the London Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

In Bromley, 127 people were injured by slips, trips or falls at work costing the community £2,117,500.

In 2006-7, 43 people in Bromley were seriously injured by a slip, trip or fall at work and 84 people needed more than three days off work after an injury.

Across London five people were killed or seriously injured by a fall at work and 1,396 were seriously injured.

There were 4,951 accidents caused by slip, trips and falls, accounting for a third of all injuries to workers and costing the capital £79,996,000.

Launching their Shattered Lives campaign, Steven Williams, London HSE director, said: "Slips, trips and falls can be viewed as being minor, funny accidents but the effects are not. It can lead to major injuries, and a lifetime of disability or time off work and in worst cases fatalities. 'Shattered Lives' will encourage people to change their attitudes: if you spot a hazard, don't assume somebody else will sort it out."

For more information go to www.hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives/index.htm or call 0845 3450055.


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