More than 100 injuries at work reported in Scarborough last year

More than 100 injuries at work were reported in Scarborough last year, figures show.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 2:00 pm
In 2019-20, the Health and Safety Executive was notified of 119 non-fatal incidents in Scarborough – seven fewer than in the previous year. There were no fatal injuries. Photo: PA Images
In 2019-20, the Health and Safety Executive was notified of 119 non-fatal incidents in Scarborough – seven fewer than in the previous year. There were no fatal injuries. Photo: PA Images

The Trades Union Congress says a drop in reports nationally is the result of funding cuts and lack of awareness of the duty to report injuries.

In 2019-20, the Health and Safety Executive was notified of 119 non-fatal incidents in the area – seven fewer than in the previous year. There were no fatal injuries.

Of the injuries, which workplaces must report by law, 30 were specified – these include incidents such as serious burns, amputations, loss of sight and fractures other than to fingers and toes.

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A further 89 resulted in an employee or self-employed person being unable to perform their normal duties for more than seven consecutive days.

The figures mean 295 Scarborough workers per 100,000 were injured at work last year, higher than Yorkshire and The Humber’s average rate of 256.

Shelly Asquith, TUC’s health and safety policy officer, said: “A lack of visibility of the HSE – due to funding cuts and a decline in the level of enforcement measures being carried out – means fewer employers are aware of the body.”

Sarah Newton, chairman of the HSE, said: “HSE remains committed to taking action where workers are not protected, to ensure the guidance and assistance we provide for employers in managing risks is the best available, based on the latest evidence and science.

“Although Great Britain continues to be up there with the safest places in the world to work, these figures highlight the scale of the challenge HSE currently faces in making Britain an even healthier and safer place to work, this includes our role in the response to the pandemic to ensure workplaces are covid secure.”