Inappropriate planning 'can cause health and safety failures'

12 August 2011

Posted by Samuel Couratin

Failure to prepare properly for work and the wrong kind of equipment can lead to accidents in UK workplaces.

This is the claim made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which has stressed the need for careful planning of activities in order to prevent falls.

According to a spokesman for the organization, the food manufacturing industry has managed to reduce the number of such incidents, but overall data for major slips and trips has remained flat for the past decade.

"One of the most common causes of falls in the workplace stems from people using inappropriate access equipment or not planning the work properly," he explained.

The HSE representative added that "practical arrangements" should be implemented to enhance health and safety standards such as cleaning up spillages quickly, putting slip resistant flooring in place and considering the design of entrances carefully.

His comments echo recent remarks made by the Senior Policy and Technical Advisor at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Jill Joyce, who advocated taking simple steps such as creating a safety culture in organizations and encouraging staff to report risks in order to enhance standards in workplaces.

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