But we can still do more
Posted on: 28/07/2015 By: Lee Rance
We recently had our website re-designed and included in this re-design we decided to add a link to the news feed on the HSE website. Basically, any new events that HSE put on their news feed appears on our website. I started noticing just how many workplace accidents that the HSE are investigating or have prosecuted. There is a regular trickle of posts, normally 2-3 a day, showing companies that have been successfully prosecuted by the HSE because of a workers injury or a fatality. In most of the investigations the words ‘preventable’ and ‘avoidable’ appear all too regularly.
Then number of workplace injuries reported to the HSE over the last ten years has been steadily reducing but recently the figures are starting to level off. However the figures may be complicated by recent changes in the reporting requirements. The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’, the existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness, and fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ require reporting.
There still are a lot of companies out there who are in breach of health and safety legislation, whether they are aware of it or not. It is these safety failings that are putting their workers in danger. Below are a few links to recent HSE posts:
- Worker lost his right forearm when it got caught and mangled in an unguarded tyre-shredding machine
- Trench collapse which killed a young father on only his second day at work for his company
- Worker lost a finger in an unguarded machine
- Worker’s hand and arm being entangled in machinery
Although these sort of accidents only make up a small percentage of the overall figure, I wanted to show these to highlight some of the terrible injuries being suffered in the workplace. These are all accidents that could have been avoided if the companies involved had the correct systems and procedures in place.
According to the HSE, An estimated 629 000 workers had an accident at work in 2013/14. Of these injuries:
- 203 000 led to over 3 days absence from work; of which
- 148 000 led to over 7 days absence (LFS).
- Falls and slips & trips, combined, account for over a third (35%) of employee injuries. They made up more than half of all reported major/specified injuries and almost three in ten (29%) over-seven-day injuries to employees (RIDDOR);
- handling was the most frequent cause of over-seven-day injury (RIDDOR);
- an estimated 1.9 million working days were lost due to handling injuries and slips & trips (LFS).
The figures show that although we have made great progress in reducing accidents and injuries at work there is still a long way to go. If you would like any advice on reporting injuries under RIDDOR or any other health and safety matter give us a call on 01908 632418 or send us an email.
Until next time.