Survey reveals the need for Health and Safety Inductions at work

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Survey reveals the need for Health and Safety Inductions at work

6th July 2010

A telephone survey of 121 claimants who had suffered accidents or injuries at work, found that 42 respondents, some 35 per cent had not been given a health and safety induction when they joined their workplace.

Karl Tonks, a specialist in accident at work claims said: "These results clearly highlight the importance of mandatory health and safety inductions for all new joiners. Some organisations are evidently still struggling to recognise the responsibility they have for the safety of their staff."

A health and safety induction typically includes information on the organisation's first aiders, use of equipment and machinery as well as manual handling and fire exits.

The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) workplace fatality figures have revealed the number of people killed at work in Britain fell last year to a record low with 151 workers killed between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010, a 15 per cent decrease, compared to the 178 deaths recorded in the previous year. On average, there have been 220 work-related deaths per annum over the last five years.

4,711,000 working days were lost in the UK in 2008-09 due to injuries suffered in the workplace including 537,000 days lost after staff were hit by falling objects, 897,000 from a handling or lifting injury and 948,000 slips, trips or falls.

"Although it is encouraging to hear that fatality figures have fallen since last year," said Karl Tonks, a Partner with Fentons Solicitors LLP. "the reality is we still had 151 deaths that could have been avoided had organisations implemented adequate guidelines, supervision and safety procedures and provided their staff with the appropriate safety equipment and training they need to work safely."

HSE figures show that compared with the latest data available for the four other leading industrial nations in Europe - Germany, France, Spain and Italy - the UK has over the last six years, had the lowest rate of fatal injuries. "Employers need to keep striving to reduce these figures," said Karl. "UK organisations need to avoid complacency and continue to invest in promoting good practice when it comes to safety in the workplace."

"The HSE and other organisations have plenty of information and advice for employers," Karl added. "Employees concerned about losing their jobs should not be deterred from seeking advice about legal representation should they be injured at work. Employer's insurance will cover these claims, and employers would be acting illegally if they chose to sack employees wishing to claim against them."

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for accidents at work.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source - HSE