Workplace injuries up 12%

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THE number of serious workplace injuries recorded in the Borders last year rose by 12 per cent.

There were 65 such instances, compared with 57 in 2009, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive.

There were no fatal accidents – there was one the previous year – and the number of minor injuries sustained at work fell from 184 to 126.

But the increase in serious injury accidents in the Borders has bucked the Scottish trend and prompted the HSE’s Scottish director Paul Stollard to urge employers in the Borders to start the new year with a stronger commitment to health and safety.

“Employers have a legal duty to protect their workers and I would encourage them to make it their new year’s resolution to ensure they continue to do all they can,” said Mr Stollard.