The number of injuries in the paper manufacturing sector dropped more than a third last year compared to the previous year.
According to figures from the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) the sector, the 37% improvement was due to sharing good practice and improving safety standards via commitment to the Paper & Board Industry Advisory Committee (PABIAC).
There were 64 reportable injuries in the paper manufacturing sector last year, compared to 103 in 2011.
There were improvements of between 42% and 56% across the South East, South West, North and Scotland.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) all manufacturing injury figures for 2011-12, across the four regions are now in line with the UK manufacturing sector as a whole. Previously only the South East region was on the same level.
Andrew Braund, director of health, safety and social affairs said: “When I joined CPI in 2000, the industry was castigated for its poor health and safety performance. The idea that the paper industry could ever be as good as, or on a par with, the rest of UK manufacturing was inconceivable. Not only is the paper industry now on a par with UK manufacturing, but it has one of the lowest papermaking accident rates in Europe.”
He said the CPI and its partners would continue to improve health and safety standards.