Sixty four workers suffered major injuries in Wandsworth from 2012 to 2013

Wandsworth Guardian: The site where Justinas Kopickas fell to his death The site where Justinas Kopickas fell to his death

Sixty four workers suffered from major injuries and a carpenter died in Wandsworth from 2012 to 2013.

Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show the number of people suffering from work related injuries has decreased, with 74 Wandsworth workers injured in 2011/12.

However, there were no fatalities in 2011/12.

In October last year Justinas Kopickas, 42, plunged to his death while carrying out construction work at the Langham Square development, Upper Richmond Road, Putney.

HSE is urging businesses to focus on their legal responsibility and not put lives at risk in light of the figures.

A total of 13 people lost their lives in London at work from 2012/13 and 2,141 suffered a major injury.

This compares to eight deaths and 2,409 in the previous year.

High risk industries include agriculture, manufacturing as well as waste and recycling.

Nationally the number of work related deaths in Great Britain has dropped, with 148 killed at work, 23 less than the previous year

Richard Boland, HSE head of operations, said: "The families of those London workers who lost their lives last year had to face Christmas without them, and hundreds of other workers have had their lives changed forever by a major injury.

"Whilst the number of workplace deaths has decreased nationally, they have increased across the capital, and it serves as a stark reminder of why we need good health and safety in workplaces.

"I therefore urge employers to spend their time tackling the real dangers that workers face, and to stop worrying about trivial matters or pointless paperwork."

For more information visit hse.gov.uk.

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