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Latest from HSE: Fatal injuries arising from accidents at work

Latest from HSE: Fatal injuries arising from accidents at work

In 2016/17, 137 workers were killed at work in Great Britain.

The main accidents for workers include being struck by a moving vehicle or object, falls from height, being trapped by something collapsing or overturning, coming into contact with moving machinery, and contact with electricity.

Whilst injury figures have improved over the last 30 years, there is still a lot to be done to raise awareness to prevent further injuries and deaths.

By taking the right steps to prevent workplace injuries before they happen, we can continue to maintain a safe working environment.

HSQE Manager for Utility Arb, Gary Summerfield, commented.

“Nobody should go to work and never come home. This figure of 137 only represents the number of individuals killed at work, it does not include the hundreds of children, spouses, family members and friends who will be forever changed by the sad loss of someone dear to them, just for being at work.  This is why the courts and authorities have increased both  fines and custodial sentences for individuals and businesses found to be in breach of health & safety legislation. It’s very important that as a whole business we all ensure that we and our colleagues are all actively involved in safety, health and welfare systems and we prioritising safety, health and welfare over any commercial pressures to get the job done urgently. As part of our annual appraisals we should all be very clear that we understand our individual roles in safety, health and wellbeing  and we are all trained and competent to undertake our assigned duties. Let’s all go home to our loved ones at the end of each working day and not add any more numbers to this sad statistic.

For HSQE Manager for Maintenance, Roger Barron, this year is about changing hearts and minds. Roger has been working with maintenance managers on the H&S ‘Building Blocks’ –  Commitment, Worker Engagement, Prioritisation of H&S, Compliance, Measurement and Organisational Learning. Roger has been running interactive sessions with managers across the country focussing on these points, which have led to managers taking up training on mind safety, investigation, engagement and auditing.

“It’s about always considering the root of the issues we may face on site and building on ways we can prevent them. By always engaging our teams, we can reinforce our message to stop poor practice from becoming a habit.

The causes of unsafe ways of working, accidents, incidents and ill health are not immediately obvious; be it human error (a genuine mistake) or a violation (deliberate rule breaking) – we want to make improvements and we can only do this when we know why people behave in certain ways. Together, we can take a step in the right direction.”

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