The number of people killed in the workplace in 2011 increased on the previous year as 171 employees died at work, compared to 147 in 2010, new figures have revealed.
During the year, a total of 24,700 workers suffered a major injury with six in every million workers dying between April 2010 and March 2011, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
Deaths in the construction, agriculture and waste and recycling sectors made up more than half of all workplace deaths in Great Britain this year, with 50 employees killed in construction and a further 34 in agriculture.
Principal inspector for the HSE in the south-west Nigel Long said: “These statistics highlight why we need good health and safety in British workplaces.
“Employers need to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face and stop worrying about trivial risks or doing pointless paperwork.”
Meanwhile, Southwark Council recently approved a design proposal for a major redevelopment of London Bridge station.