Employers in Hartlepool are being urged to take action to prevent accidents at work from occurring at their premises.
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in the year 2009/10, there were 59 major injuries in UK workplaces.
This is an 8.5 per cent increase from the 54 major injuries that took place in the previous year.
Some 1,251 major workplace injuries were recorded in the north-east last year, the HSE figures also show.
This is 11.3 per cent fewer than the 1,410 recorded in 2008/9.
Chris Gillies, principal inspector for HSE in the north-east, said: "Employers have a legal duty to protect their workers and I would encourage them to make it their new year's resolution to ensure they continue to do all they can."
Earlier this week, the HSE produced revised guidance for those using hand-fed platen machines, with the aim of reducing the chance of an accident at work from taking place.
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