ELLESMERE Port is the safest place in Cheshire for workers, according to officials.
The latest available figures show this borough had the lowest number of work-related injuries in the entire county -just 191 - in 2006/07.
And it also had the county’s lowest number of employees needing time off because of accidents, with a total of 56,000 working days lost.
Such industrial and office accidents cost the economy in Ellesmere Port & Neston £17m in the last financial year, again the lowest figure in the county.
The statistics were unveiled by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which says the cost of accidents and ill-health to the Cheshire economy in 2006/07 totalled £216m.
The highest individual cost to a county area was £45m to Warrington, compared to £26m for Chester.
Warrington also had the largest number of days lost from work due to illness and accidents - 143,000 - and the highest number of injuries at 650.
The next highest number of injuries was Halton with 385. Chester had 313, Vale Royal 262 and, the second lowest after this borough was Congleton with 205.
David Ashton, the HSE’s North West regional director, wants both employers and their staff in the county to make a New Year’s resolution to cut the figures still further.
He said: “They should take practical action to deal with real risks and serious health and safety issues that can cost the area so much and lead to great personal suffering.
“Year after year the same underlying trends appear in our accidents statistics, and the tragedy is that deaths and injuries such as these could be avoided.
“If we could eliminate just two of the causes - falling from a height and being struck by moving or falling objects - more than half of the people killed would still be alive today.
“HSE inspectors repeatedly visit the scenes of the accidents and realise that, in many cases, they could easily have been prevented. I call on all businesses to act now to help stop this toll.”
Practical precautions employers can take to increase work safety include using safe platforms with guarded edges for working at heights, securing ladders properly, securing loads before moving them, laying workplaces out to keep vehicles and pedestrians apart where possible and ensuring all operators and people using access equipment are fully trained.
Mr Ashton added: “We work with a number of partners to provide free advice and education to those both carrying out and managing work.
“So we need businesses and self employed people to work with us to help arrest this increase and make the North West a safer place to work.”
HSE information and advice can be found at www.hse.gov.uk