Nine employees were killed while working in the north-east of England last year, according to new figures.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today revealed there were nine fatalities reported in the 2008/9 year up from seven in the previous year.
Now the HSE is warning employers to ensure they have the appropriate safeguards in place to protect their workers.
The north-east was criticised for its fatalities having gone up despite the number of cases in Britain falling to a record low with 180 workers killed last year in the country down 17 per cent.
Pam Waldron, HSE’s head of operations in the north-east, said health and safety in the work place is even more important given the economic problems faced by the region.
"We know from evidence of past downturns that when the period of economic recovery comes it generally sees an increase in the rate and number of workers losing their lives."