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on 03 January 2012


Warning for Employers from the Health and Safety Executive

Statistics collected from the local authorities in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bristol show that during last year there were 340 serious injuries caused by accidents in the workplace. These shockingly high statistics have resulted in the Health and Safety Executive calling for employers to pay closer attention to health and safety in the form of a warning.

Safety Statistics 2010/2011

The high level of injuries combined with the increased amount of workplace deaths during 2010/2011 resulted in the fresh warning about the legal responsibilities which lie with employers in Great Britain. In total there were 171 deaths in Britain alone, and 24,700 serious injuries, 342 of which happened in Bristol, the South of Gloucester and Bath. The HSE are hoping that during 2012 the employers will work hard to improve the situation and make their health and safety procedures a top priority.

Getting Help to Prevent Accidents

The statistics show that in Great Britain one out of every million workers lost their lives in the workplace over a twelve month period. Half of the total 171 deaths happened in the industries which are known to be of high risk to workers. The construction industry saw 50 deaths, agriculture saw 34 deaths and there were also 9 deaths in the waste and recycling industries.

Health and Safety Consultants can be contacted by any employers who are looking at ways to help reduce the amount of accidents and lower the risk of loss of life within their workplace. There are many different services available depending on the sector the company is in. You can request specialist construction health and safety services and even help with office workplace safety.

Lives Need Protecting, and it is Your Responsibility as an Employer

Speaking about the statistics Nigel Long, a Health and Safety Executive Principal Inspector, stated that employers will need to focus their attention on the potential dangers which occur in their workplace. By spending their time on these real dangers and reducing the work carried out on some of the more trivial risks and the paperwork the number of accidents could be reduced.

Mr Long did mention the fact that Great Britain does have one of the lowest rates of deaths in the workplace in Europe; however one loss of life is too many. Businesses need to make sure that they are following the laws and regulations to cut down the amount of deaths in the next 12 months.

Contact the Professionals

If you are looking to improve the conditions and reduce risks within your company contact the Health and Safety Consultants for assistance. A simple phone call can help to establish what is needed to be done, whether it is a full Health and Safety Audit or training courses for you and your employees.

To speak to an advisor call 0800 1488 677, the experts will be able to give you an idea of the relevant health and safety services which are available. Make 2012 the safest year yet.

About the author

David Cant is a Director at Veritas Consulting. The SME’s favourite go-to consultant for health and safety know-how. Bucket loads of experience. Fluent in practical advice. Solutionist with a brain you can pick. You can find him across social media on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.