Almost 100 people in the Derbyshire Dales sustained injuries at work during a one year period, new figures have revealed.
Safety watchdog the Health and Safety Executive is marking its 40th anniversary with an appeal for Derbyshire businesses to make the wellbeing of workers their top priority for the new financial year.
In Derbyshire Dales there were 99 work-related injuries from 2013 to 2014 and 1,700 work related illnesses.
In nearby Amber Valley there were 202 work related injuries, and one fatality from 2013 to 2014, as well as 3,000 work-related illnesses.
Meanwhile in High Peak their were a further 92 injuries caused in the workplace and 2,300 incidents of work-related illness.
A total of three people lost their lives while at work in Derbyshire in 2013/14 and 1,333 suffered injury. This compares to two deaths and 1,351 injuries in Derbyshire the previous year.
Statistics also show the scale of workplace illness.
Across Derbyshire 24,200 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.
Samantha Peace, HSE regional director for the East Midlands said:“The families of the workers in Derbyshire who sadly lost their lives last year have just had to spend the festive period without their loved ones, while thousands of other workers were made ill through their work or had their lives changed forever by a major injury.
“The figures offer encouragement that we are continuing to head in the right direction, but they also show that we can still go further and challenge the industries where there is room to do more. Workplace conditions have improved dramatically in the past four decades, but as employers plan and prepare for the new financial year they need to ensure that health, safety and welfare is a clear focus.” HSE chairman Judith Hackitt added: “In the 40 years since HSE was formed, we’ve worked with businesses, workers and government to make Britain a healthier and safer place to work.
“Thousands of serious injuries have been prevented and work-related deaths have reduced by 85 per cent.
“HSE has helped Britain become one of the safest places to work in the world.
“For the last eight years we have consistently recorded one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers among the leading industrial nations in Europe.
“It is right that we acknowledge the progress we’ve made and look to a future of striving to bring down these statistics even further.”