The Human Cost of Health and Safety Failings

Health and safety may be forefront on your mind. These days, the rules in place governing this issue are stringent and there is no room for error. If you fall foul of the laws concerning health and safety at work, you could face serious repercussions.

However, there is another aspect of safety failings to consider and that is the human suffering they can cause. On the other side of the statistics, there is considerable pain, anxiety and hardship being enduring by individuals up and down the land. 

Safety stats make for stark reading 

Figures produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) draw attention to this issue. The organisation, which exists to protect people from the risks that arise as a result of workplace activities, noted that 1.2 million working people were suffering from a work-related illness in 2010-11. 

There are a range of health problems individuals can develop due to their occupations. From musculoskeletal complications to hearing defects, respiratory problems and stress, there are no shortage of complaints.

The HSE also noted that 200,000 reportable injuries occurred during this 12-month period. For every injury, there is the personal pain and inconvenience to bear in mind. Perhaps the most dramatic statistic is the one relating to fatalities. Over the year, 171 people were killed at work. 

Not only do fatal accidents end the lives of workers, they also have huge implications for their families, who are left grieving. Also, incidents like this can have a devastating impact on the colleagues of the individuals involved, particularly those who witnessed the events. 

Minimising workplace risks 

Like many bosses, you’re no doubt committed to protecting your personnel and to ensuring that they don’t end up contributing to these figures. With this in mind, you might want to consider enlisting the help of our experts here at ELAS Integrated Business Support. 

We can assist you by acting as your Competent Person, carrying out health and safety audits, conducting risk assessments, creating bespoke safety systems or delivering IOSH accredited training. 

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of this issue. After all, small to medium-sized businesses account for 78 per cent of all occupational injuries and 59 per cent of fatal accidents. 

Total peace of mind 

So that you can benefit from total peace of mind when it comes to this issue, we will ensure that your consultant will be based in your local area, meaning you have access to practical and helpful advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

By taking advantage of our assistance, you stand to boost safety standards at your enterprise and you can also make your life considerably easier. You’ll know that the very best in the field are watching your back.

To discover more about these offerings, as well as the rest of our business services, just take a look around our website or get in touch with our friendly and helpful team. There’s no need to panic when it comes to health and safety. By being savvy, you can achieve your goals.

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