The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) have published a performance report detailing the wide range of work that it has overseen during the past year to reduce work-related fatalities, injuries and illness.
Entitled measuring Up? Performance Report 2006, it gives a summary of the activities, initiatives and campaigns carried out by the Health and Safety Executive(HSE) and local authorities this year.It finds that the UK has the lowest fatal injury rate in Europe. Announcing the publication of the report, HSC Chairman, Bill Callaghan, said: 'As a society, we've come a long way since 1974 when the current health and safety law was introduced and 600 people were regularly killed at work each year. Our most recent fatal injury statistics show that the number has reached a record low of 212, this is encouraging, but we still need to do more. The changing economy and the increasing number of migrant workers are key challenges.'The report can be found at www.hse.gov.uk'