Two deaths and more than 400 injured in Cambridgeshire workplaces last year

TWO people died while at work in Cambridgeshire last year and 400 suffered a major injury.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a fresh warning about workplace safety after statistics showed the number of deaths rose across Great Britain in 2010/11.

A total of 171 people were killed at work between April 2010 and March 2011, compared to 147 during 2009/10. More than 24,700 works also suffered a major injury last year.

Simon Wenn, 43, of Main Road, Three Holes, died on December 8, 2010, when his crane toppled into an icy Fen drain in Mepal.

Firefighters tried in vain to free the Environment Agency worker from the submerged cab but he was declared dead three hours later.

Teacher Philip Whiting, 47, died during part-time work at a farm in Fordham, near Ely, when he was trampled to death by cows.

Simon Longbottom, HSE’s operations manager in the East of England, said:

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“The families of the two workers in Cambridgeshire who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them. Hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.

“These statistics highlight why we need good health and safety in British workplaces. Employers should spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face rather than worrying about trivial risks or pointless paperwork.

“It’s important to remember that we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, but one death is still one too many. I’d urge businesses to help cut the number of deaths in 2012.”

Nine people died while at work in Norfolk last year, four in Essex and Suffolk, one in Hertfordshire and none in Bedfordshire.