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Real people video

The people on this video describe how their lives were changed irreparably - but also unnecessarily. To view this media, please turn on Javascript.

Many people think that we at the "elf n safety" spend our time banning barbeques or bonfires, or stopping children from playing games such as conkers. The reality is far different.

What we at the Health and Safety Executive are concerned about are those work issues that cause people’s health to be significantly affected, and unsafe working practices that result in employees being seriously injured, maimed for life, or even killed.

A little extra thought as to how they should be working would have protected them. Simple changes to how they did their jobs would have made a big difference to their lives and the lives of their families. Tragically, it is too late for us to help them. However, with your help we can keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy - keeping them in work and ensuring that they live the full and productive lives that they deserve.

Updated 2013-02-20