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Scottish workplace deaths increase

Scottish workplace deaths increase
The number of people killed while at work in Scotland has increased in the last year, the latest official figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed.

According to the body, 20 individuals died while carrying out tasks for their employer in 2013 - which was a significant rise from the six recorded during the previous 12 months, reports BBC News.

Contrastingly, the number of major workplace injuries that took place in Scotland fell by 380 to 2,240 in the year to March.

Figures regarding workplace fatalities in Scotland were significantly higher than those recorded in the UK as a whole, which saw a slight fall to 173 during the 12-month period.

The most deaths were recorded in the Highlands, where three workers lost their lives between 2011 and 2012, while Dundee, East Ayreshire and Fife saw two fatalities.

Commenting on the figures, HSE's director of northern England and Scotland David Snowball said: "Each year, instead of enjoying the occasion, families of workers in Scotland who failed to come home from work spend Christmas and the New Year thinking of the loved ones who are not there to enjoy it with them."

Posted by Francesca Witney