The HSE’s annual workplace fatality statistics were published this week, showing a slight increase in the fatalities from work related accidents in 2015/2016. Over the past year in the UK, 144 people were killed as a result of accidents at work, up from 142 in the previous year. However, this figure is still in line with the trend of falling fatalities over the last 20 years. But we cannot, cannot be complacent, just as these figures were published we had 5 tragic deaths in one incident at a waste and recycling plant in the West Midlands.
The message overall in the UK remains much the same as always – health and safety at work must be taken seriously, but in Australia recently, a new, hard-hitting WorkSafe poster campaign has been showing the realities of workplace injuries.
The ‘Really Bad Day’ enforcement campaign is primarily aimed at employers with a view to showing the devastating impact that occupational injuries can have when the right questions are not asked, with some posters stating “I thought I’d look stupid if I asked again.” In any workplace, it is vital that employees feel able to take responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and those around them. A united approach to health and safety can contribute to the further reduction in workplace injuries and illnesses.
To read more about the new HSE statistics for 2015-16, visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm or to find out more about the WorkSafe Australia campaign, visit http://www.worksafeeveryday.com.au/