Forty employees killed in trips at work in 2009

Slips, trips and falls in the workplace cost 40 workers their lives last year and the economy and society an estimated £800m, latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive have said.

In addition to the 40 fatalities, there were more than 15,000 major injuries to workers as well as more than 30,000 workers who had to take more than three days off work, it has estimated.

The figures were published ahead of the executive’s latest Shattered Lives campaign, which aims to raise awareness of and reduce the number of slips, trips and falls in the workplace. In particular, health and social care, education, food manufacturing, food retail, catering and hospitality, building and plant maintenance and construction were being targeted, the Health and Safety Executive added.

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