THE North East saw fewer workplace deaths than any other region of the country last year – but the number of people who died at work did rise.
There were seven workplace deaths in the region in 2010/11, up from five in the previous 12 months, but that was still the lowest number in the UK.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures showed there were 171 workers killed natiownide, up from the previous year’s record low of 147.
HSE chairman Judith Hackitt said the increase was disappointing, after an all-time low last year.
She said: “However, we must remember that we still have one of the lowest rates of fatal injury anywhere in Europe.
“The fact that 171 people failed to come home from work to their loved ones last year reminds us all of what we are here to do.”