Dec 4th 2017 9:12am
Recent figures from the recently updated HSE 2016/17 Health and Safety census found that in the construction industry there were 137 worker deaths and 70 members of the public fatally injured during throughout this period. More than half of these accidents occurred as a result of 3 main injuries; falls from heights, contact with moving machinery, or being struck with a vehicle (railway-related incidents were excluded from the figures).
Falls, slips, and trips, were the most commonly reported accidents, and accounted for 35% of employee injuries. An estimated 1.9m working days were lost as a result of these incidents, many of which could have been avoided if the proper protocols had been followed.
Education and Training
The most important tool you have at your disposal is education. It is your responsibility to ensure that both you and your employees are aware of the correct behaviour when acting out roles that, when not performed correctly, can lead to casualties.
At Minstrell Recruitment to help prevent some of these injuries, we offer a broad range of Health and Safety Training, covering all aspects of the construction environment. Our courses are adaptable and can be facilitated at a time and location convenient to you. Our policy is educating and informing workers of their rights and how to maintain their own safety as well as those they are working around. For more information on the courses we offer visit our Training page or call our Training Division on 03330 230056 / Option 3.
Equipment and Safeguards
Next is making sure all on-site equipment is up-to-code. Your employees can and should have all the education and training that is available, however if they are forced to work with substandard equipment, this will harm not only their productivity but possibly their livelihoods also. Sourcing equipment from trusted suppliers, is the easiest way to do this. All heavy machinery should be equipped with safety devices, such as sound signals or safety guards.
For more information and to read the updated report visit the HSE website