Employers around the UK have been urged to put health and safety to the top of their agenda for the new year in order to avoid work injuries and injury compensation claims.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that in London alone last year, around 280 work-related accidents occurred every week, contributing to an annual figure of 14,576 people being killed or injured in the workplace.
Including other injuries relating to ill health caused by work activities, the safety body believes that 1.7 million working days were lost in London, causing a massive cost to both the economy and to individual businesses.
Stephen Williams, HSE’s London regional director, said: "Slips, trips and falls from height are consistently the chief causes of death and serious injury.
"Many of these injuries are entirely preventable. We implore businesses to take practical action to manage the risks people face in their day-to-day work."
It follows news this month that a man in Oldbury has been fined GBP 3,500 after one of his workers fell through a roof onto a concrete floor, breaking several bones.