One of the main reasons for H&S at work is to protect people. This includes members of the general public, permanent employees, temps, casual workers, the self employed and even the parcel delivery man. In the modern world we live in, responsibility for others wellbeing and safety falls firmly at the feet of a business if the premises, or activities of the business, are deemed to have caused harm to others.
Construction in particular, is classified as a high risk industry with over 50,000 injuries reported every year and an average of 30 fatalities. These figures are with current H&S in place, but are still considered to high when the accident rate could be reduced with better H&S management. Consequently risk assessments, method statements and COSHH assessments have become the norm, even in small companies.
Falls from height account for approximately half of all fatalities and a break down of the 50,000 non-fatal injuries are:
- Slips, trips and falls on the same level account for 25%
- Falls from height account for 18%
- Manual handling injuries make up 20%
- Being struck by a moving or flying object is 10%
It’s important to remember that the 50,000 number of reported injuries is much lower than the accident rate, because many people can have a slip or fall without injury.