The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has come up with a new strategy to curb the increasing number of workplace-related accidents in Britain arising from ‘slips, trips and falls’.
HSE’s latest move comes after it was revealed that 40 workers had died in 2009 due to ‘slip, trip and fall’ accidents in the workplace. The same type of mishaps also left more than 15,000 workers with grievous injuries, and led to nearly 30,000 workers taking more than three days of leave from work. Continue reading
The HSE has yet again prosecuted an erring company which has shown negligent attitude towards worker safety causing the death of a maintenance worker. The company was taken to task for failing to provide safe equipment for repair work which led to a tragic accident in which the man was killed. Continue reading
The British school system is plagued with so many myths regarding health and safety issues that the HSE has started publishing regular briefs to dismiss these myths.
For instance, a school safety myth led many to believe that health and safety rules imposed restrictions on classroom experiments. However, this is far from the truth, with the HSE always stressing on the importance of practical education in school. In fact, HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, is said to have set her hands alight in a safe manner, to emphasise on the necessity of safe hands-on lessons. Continue reading
In a first of its kind initiative, Community pharmacy chain, Lloydspharmacy has come up with an online mechanism that would allow workers to make use of national health data and work out the number of their co-workers that are likely to be suffering from problems like depression, alcohol problems, or sexually transmitted diseases. Continue reading
The winter season poses a new danger to worker safety due to slippery surfaces because of snow and ice. Approximately one-third of all accidents at workplaces occur due to slips and falls.
Jeremy Bradshaw, personal injury lawyer with the law firm Mace & Jones, is of the view that employers must adopt special procedures to minimise the risk posed by the winter season in order to reduce their risk of facing compensation claims at a later stage. Continue reading