According to research by Payroll and HR firm Moorepay, workers in the Midlands are 24% more likely to suffer an accident at work compared to the rest of the UK.
The same research suggests that specifically, workers in the city of Birmingham suffer twice as many fatal accidents at work compared to the rest of the country.
Birmingham’s figures are indicative of the Midlands as a whole, as West midlands ranked second worst region in the UK for workplace injuries, with the East Midlands ranked as worst of all.
The chances of suffering a workplace accident in the East Midlands region is 371 per 100,000 workers, compared to a national average of 301. These figures represent an additional 1,607 workers injured over the course of a year.
Phil Barker, Head of Health and Safety Services at Moorepay, said,
“No region wants the reputation as the UK’s most dangerous place to work, but unfortunately the case for the East Midlands is very strong,”
While the region is making improvements, employers and employees must be made aware of the number of health and safety risks and workplace injuries.
Workplace health and safety must be of paramount importance to organisations. They have an obligation to provide a safe working environment and minimise risk. This starts by having a clear process in place, with regular risk assessments at the very least.