Keeping safe at work

Posted on by Gavin

Have you ever had an employee who turned up to work without the correct PPE, who rolled their eyes at you when you sent them off site? Have you ever felt that the paperwork involved with complying to the latest Health and Safety regulations seems to go on, and on, and on? We are all have our moments of frustration when dealing with the issue of Health and Safety at work. HOWEVER it is a vital part of running a business and must be followed at all times.

It is worth considering that in the year leading up to April 2015, according to HSE

* 142 people were killed at work

* 76,000 injuries were reported under RIDDOR

* 611,000 other injuries were reported at work

* 27.3 million working days were lost in that year due to illness and injury

It seems mad that before 1974, around 8 million employees had NO H&S protection at work. The Health and Safety at work act 1974 changed all this. Employers must now provide and maintain PPE, provide safe systems of work as well as information, training, instruction and supervision and a written Health and Safety policy.

For electricians, the number of deaths resulting from electrocution is fortunately very low (approximately 3 per year). The greatest hazard still posing a threat is working from height. Statistically you are most likely to fall from a height when at work, resulting in approximately 50 deaths per year (and 8,702 injured).

Not injuries can be detected immediately at work. Every year around 14,000 new cases of cancer are reported resulting in approximately 8,000 deaths per year. It is believed that inadequate PPE when for example cutting or grinding concrete, drilling, the use of chemicals or sanding wood can all be factors.

 

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