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Don't slip up HSE tells employers

Shattered Lives is the name of the campaign launched by the Health and Safety Executive this month, to warn the industry to act to prevent accidents in the workplace.
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Building and plant maintenance including air-conditioning repair work is highlighted in the HSE's poster campaign which runs throughout February and March 2008.

Falls are the biggest cause of fatal injury in UK's workplaces, with 23 of the 77 worker deaths in construction in 2006/07 resulting from a fall from height.

More than 4,000 major injuries including broken bones or fractured skulls are reported to the HSE each year by the construction industry.

More than half of these serious injuries involve falls from height or from tripping over materials on walkways and are easily preventable.

Reducing the number of injuries and deaths from falls and trips is a priority for HSE to help the construction industry meet its accident target by 2010 and help prevent the impact accidents have on the lives of workers and their families.


The HSE advises workers to:

Plan and organise work properly.

Make sure that people involved in work at height are competent.

Select and use the right equipment.

Keep walkways on site clear of obstructions.
28 February 2008

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