Businesses of all sizes and in all sectors understand the importance of complying with health and safety regulations, but with the cost of workplace accidents increasing, it’s something that firms can ill afford not to take seriously.
Onrec has highlighted the latest RIDDOR data, which revealed that work-related accidents and illness led to 31.2 million lost working days and cost companies a collective £14.9 billion in a year.
The value of fines collected by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has also increased since the introduction of tougher penalties during February 2016, with the value of the fines collected jumping by 80 per cent between 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Personal injury specialist YouClaim is running a campaign to get businesses to think more carefully about their health and safety practices.
Richard Powell from the organisation told the news provider that firms need to be vigilant and look for opportunities to improve their practices wherever they can.
“Without regular checks, a seemingly safe workplace can hide serious health and safety risks likely to cause harm to employees, visitors or members of the public,” he commented.
Mr Powell added that “competency is the most vital skill to managing health and safety”, stressing that people at every level of an organisation need to be trained and involved in enforcing health and safety practices.
There are also concerns from some that Brexit could damage workplace health and safety, with some worrying that legislation to protect workers will be undermined once the UK leaves the EU.
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