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Lancashire has highest number of workplace accidents in Great Britain

CSP press release published on 11 September 2008

Physiotherapists - employers need to take urgent action to cut fatal and major injuries

More people are injured in accidents at work in Lancashire than in any other area of the North West, or the whole country, according to a new analysis of official data by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). In Lancashire in 2006/07, 816 people suffered from workplace accidents, putting the area at the top of the national league for major and fatal injuries reported to the Health and Safety Executive. In the North West, Knowsley has the best record for workplace accidents, with just 64. For full national and regional league tables see link below. The CSP has released these figures to coincide with the health and safety debate at this year’s TUC Congress in Brighton. Lesley Mercer, head of employment relations and union services at the CSP, said, “Despite legislation putting the responsibility for staff safety in the hands of employers, there is still an unreasonably high rate of workers being seriously, and even fatally, injured while doing their jobs. “One major or fatal injury at work is one too many. Employers need to take immediate steps to ensure that workplace accidents are prevented and that all employees are protected from the potentially devastating effects.” Physiotherapy plays a key role in workplace rehabilitation, helping employees remain in or return to work, and the CSP is encouraging employers to assist staff in accessing physio services. This could be through employing an occupational health physiotherapist in-house, offering health insurance to employees to pay for physiotherapy treatment or providing information on how to access rehab following an injury. Physiotherapists can also be brought in to conduct thorough risk assessments to help avoid unnecessary accidents. Notes to editors 1. For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6628/6616/6163. Out of hours call Becky Darke on 07900 160349.   2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. 3. NHS referrals to physiotherapy can be gained through your GP, or you can contact your local NHS physiotherapy department, to find out how you can get an appointment. Alternatively, find a private physiotherapist near you at www.physio2u.org.uk *CORRECTION: In press releases issued to the media on Thursday 11 September 2008, the London regional version identified Sutton as the area with the lowest number of workplace accidents in Great Britain, with 44 major and fatal injuries reported to the HSE during 2006/07. The area with the lowest number is in fact Kingston-upon-Thames, with 33. Please see download for further details, or call the CSP press office for clarification.

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