Exeter initiative hopes to improve workplace safety
8th January 2014
A voluntary scheme in Exeter could reduce the number of accident at work compensation claims and health and safety breaches in the city.
Exeter City Council, the Health and Safety Executive and other partners are collaborating to improve workplace safety on the busy Marsh Barton Trading Estate.
Statistics show that in 2012, of the 255 reportable accidents at work in Exeter, 40% of these occured in Marsh Barton. These included burns and cuts from slips, trips and falls, head injuries, back injuries, injuries caused by unsafe work at height and accidents involving machinery.
On the week beginning January 13th, 700 small companies on the Marsh Barton estate will receive a bespoke health and safety check-up, which should improve employers’ knowledge about workplace safety, improve the wellbeing of staff and allow companies to reduce employee absences and insurance expenses caused by injuries at work.
Lead Councillor for Environment, Health and Wellbeing at the local authority Councillor Keith Owen said that reducing staff sick leave and curtailing accidents at work could save businesses “some serious money”.
He described workplace health and safety as of “paramount” importance, even in these “financially challenging times”.
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