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Aberdeen Faces 50% Growth In Health & Safety Accidents

Posted: 29/06/2018

Businesses in Aberdeen have been reminded of the importance of maintaining a high standard of care for their employees, after a report found that the local city council health and safety incidents grew by as much as 50 per cent in a year.

The local authority received reports of 671 incidents between April 1st 2017 and March 31st 2018, which is 49 per cent higher than the 450 admitted for the previous 12 months, according to the Evening Express.

In addition to this, there were 541 near-miss incidents during the year, which is 40 per cent higher than between April 1st 2016 and March 31st 2017.

Liberal Democrat Councillor, Steve Delaney commented this growth in health and safety accidents is “concerning”.

“What we will be looking for is appropriate risk assessments to be put in place where they don’t already exist and, in those cases, for the incidents to be examined so we can improve employee safety,” he stated.

The report will be shown to a staff governance committee at the council recently (Friday 29th June), after which policies regarding risk assessments and investigation reports could be tightened.

Councillor Yvonne Alan added that having an “efficient reporting process is crucial” if health and safety standards within Aberdeen are to improve.

Of the incidents reported in the last year, 253 were due to physical assault; 16 were a fall from height; 134 were because of a slip, trip or fall; 19 were injuries caused by a moving vehicle; and three incidences were because of an animal attack.

Last month, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced its plans to launch the Discovery Safety programme. This is designed to improve standards in the workplace by uncovering patterns in accidents and determining what improvements could be made.

Businesses that involve their staff working with considerable risk might want to review when their team last undertook some emergency response training. Is this training current and does it reflect any changes in site-specific risks, credible scenarios and organisational changes which are relevant to your organisation.