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Hundreds of workers fall victim to accidents

PUBLISHED: 17:49 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 25 August 2010

ACCIDENTS at work caused injury or death to hundreds of south-east London employees, last year.

ACCIDENTS at work caused injury or death to hundreds of south-east London employees, last year.

A total of 237 workers in Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley were killed or suffered a major injury at work, research by the Charted Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) uncovered this month.

Despite trade unions pushing for more health and safety protection at work, London saw 2,819 serious workplace accidents, and there were almost 30,000 nationwide.

Lesley Mercer, head of employment relations and union services at CSP, said: "One major or fatal injury at work is one too many.

"Despite legislation putting responsibility for staff safety with the employers, there is still an unreasonably high rate of workers being seriously, and even fatally, injured."

Greenwich borough had 88 major accidents, the 12th highest in London, but Westminster came top with 281. Bromley had 81 cases, the 15th most in London, while Bexley came 22nd with 68 cases. Sutton had the safest workplaces with just 44 cases.


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