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« on: April 01, 2011, 02:54:13 PM »

A new survey has found that over a third of people questioned who suffer work accidents or injuries have not had health and safety inductions.

The telephone survey of 121 claimants by National Accident Helpline found that 42 respondents (35%) had not been given a health and safety induction when they joined their workplace.

Beth Powell, National Accident Helpline Consumer Director, said:

“This result shows that UK organisations still need to improve the way that they look after their staff’s safety at work and a health and safety induction for all new starters would be a key step towards this.

“More than 15,000 people a year contact National Accident Helpline after work accidents. Many of these would be avoidable with appropriate safety equipment, training and supervision.”

Data from the HSE shows that 4,711,000 working days were lost in the UK in 2008-09 due to injuries in the workplace. These include 537,000 days lost after being hit by a falling object, 897,000 from a handling or lifting injury and 948,000 slips, trips or falls.

A health and safety induction typically includes information on the organisation’s first aiders, use of equipment and machinery, manual handling and fire exits. Workplace Law’s Health and safety management factsheet advises that every employer should provide its employees and others working on its premises with comprehensible information on the risks to their health and safety (identified by risk assessments), together with details of the relevant preventive or protective measures.

Employees should be trained upon their induction and whenever working arrangements or conditions change (e.g. following the introduction of new machinery or a revised risk assessment). In some instances there should also be regular refresher training.
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