FEWER people were injured at work in Kirklees last year, latest figures have revealed.
But health and safety officials urged employers “not to take their eye off the ball” and neglect safety in the workplace as theycut costs in the face of the economic recession.
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive showed that 184 people were seriously injured in the workplace in Kirklees during 2007-2008.
There was also one death.
That compares with 194 serious injuries and no deaths for the previous year.
The number of people off work for more than three days due to injury or ill-health at work in the district totalled 674 compared with 743 last time.
The HSE said the latest figures translated to about 2.8m working days lost in the region due to injury and ill-health in the workplace – an average of 1.4 days per worker.
Farming, construction and waste and recycling industries had the worst records.
Dr David Snowball, regional director for the HSE in Yorkshire, said: “We investigate all fatal incidents and will continue to take firm enforcement action against those duty holders who fail to come up to scratch in managing health and safety.”
He warned: “Directors of organisations can expect to see inspectors taking a close interest in how well they are personally taking a lead in ensuring appropriate standards are followed.”
Judith Hackitt, HSE chairman, said: “Any improvement in the number of people being injured or made ill by work must be welcomed. Of particular concern are the agriculture, construction and waste and recycling industries.
“I am concerned that slips and trips – which can have an enormous impact on peoples’ lives – are still not reducing.”
She added: “In the difficult and uncertain months ahead I urge employers not to take their eyes off the ball. Good business management will be vital and good health and safety management is an integral part of that. Health and safety contributes positively to competitiveness and should not be sacrificed.”