NEARLY 3,000 people were injured in work-related incidents across Cheshire last year – and five people were killed.

The precise injury toll was 2,929 – an average of 56 a week – according to the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

David Sowerby, the HSE’s North West ops manager, said: “Behind these statistics are cases of real suffering and, for some, hardship through loss of income.

“We’re asking businesses take practical action to manage the risks people face in their day-to-day work.”

In 2007/08, no-one was killed in Vale Royal, but 301 were injured.

Mr Sowerby added: “Simple assessments of risk, ease of tasks, accessibility, exposure to harmful substances and training can prevent many incidents.

“We need businesses and self-employed people to work with us to help reduce injuries and make Cheshire a safer place to work.”