The number of injury compensation claims made in Hartlepool could be reduced as safety has been improved on industrial estates in the town.
During March, 85 businesses were inspected by Hartlepool Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Enforcement action was taken where necessary, but advice and guidance was also offered on how to improve standards of health and safety.
HSE Inspector Jonathan Wills suggested that preventing an accident at work from happening was "much better" than having to deal with the consequences, such as fines and injury compensation claims.
"We’re very pleased to see that the health and safety message is getting through in Hartlepool and a majority of businesses are taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe and healthy environment for their employees," he added.
Earlier this month, the HSE announced that a third of construction companies in Derbyshire failed safety inspections in March, suggesting that they are risking putting themselves at the centre of work injury compensation claims.
Posted by Wayne Weir