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Work accidents cost Scotland £67m

Every week one person dies from a slip, trip or a fall in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive.

In Scotland last year 4081 people were injured and there were five fatalities as a result of a slip, trip or fall, costing the country over £67 million. This accounted for nearly one third of all accidents in Scotland.

HSE launched its 'Shattered Lives' campaign in Scotland this week to highlight the devastating consequences of simple slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

HSE director Stewart Campbell said: "Each year slips, trips and falls cost the British society nearly £811 million. But what these figures don't reflect is the extent to which these injuries affect individual workers and their families.

"They can lead to major injuries, and a lifetime of disability or time off work and in worst cases fatalities. 'Shattered Lives' will encourage people to change their attitudes: if you spot a hazard, don't assume 'somebody else will sort it out'.

"Slips, trips and falls also shatter businesses through costs such as employee absence, sick pay and reduced productivity. Irrespective of the size of the business and the job that you do, it could happen to you."

HSE's Shattered Lives campaign will offer support and guidance to employers and employees in the construction, building and plant maintenance, food manufacturing and retail industries where the incidence of injuries resulting from slips, trips and falls is highest.