New European Initiative Helps Avoid Maintenance Accidents

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A new European initiative which has been launched to highlight the risks in the manufacturing industry, aims to increase awareness amongst both employers and workers.

Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees, contractors and visitors from work related accidents and injuries.

Accident claims solicitors First Personal Injury welcome the launch of a new European wide safety initiative which highlights the risks during maintenance and repair work and how to avoid them.

The campaign for this new safety initiative is being taken forward in Britain by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) along with organisations representing employers, workers and other interested bodies, including the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and EEF The Manufacturers' Organisation. The new initiative is aimed at helping companies and provides lots of guidance and assistance including a 'one stop shop' safe maintenance section on the HSE website, which features a checklist to assess how good current maintenance practices are and pointers on how to improve.

It is estimated that between 25% and 30% of all manufacturing industry deaths in Britain result from maintenance activity, with common causes of fatalities and major injuries including falls from height and failure to properly isolate machinery so that it restarts while being worked on.

Many of these incidents are entirely preventable, and the initiative aims to raise awareness among businesses and their workers and to help them implement simple solutions.

The British campaign is being taken forward in Britain by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) along with organisations representing employers, workers and other interested bodies, including the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and EEF The Manufacturers' Organisation. The new initiative is aimed at helping companies and provides lots of guidance and assistance including a 'one stop shop' safe maintenance section on the HSE website, which features a checklist to assess how good current maintenance practices are and pointers on how to improve.

HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, commented on the launch of the initiative saying: “Maintenance work is often seen simply as a disruption to normal service, but it is fundamental to the integrity of every system and to the health and safety of workers and the public.

All organisations, irrespective of their size and purpose, need to take the opportunity to look at how they plan and manage maintenance to see if improvements could be made. With planning and the right skills it can be done efficiently and will lead to increased production and better service delivery.”

Michael Jefferies of accident claims solicitors First Personal Injury said: “Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees, contractors and visitors from work related accidents and injuries. They must provide workers with the necessary tools, machinery and safety wear to carry out their job and they must maintain work equipment in a safe condition.

"They must also ensure the workplace is always safe and tidy to reduce the risk of a work related accident. Work related accidents are all too frequent as we can see from the statistics. If an injury is caused due to the failure of equipment, from something simple like a ladder to major items such as machinery, the employer may find themselves in receipt of an accident claim made by the person injured in the accident.”

Notes to Editors
First Personal Injury is a specialist personal injury law firm run by partners Michael Jefferies & Monina Ramsden, and is a trading name for Jefferies Solicitors.

The main office is based in Altrincham, Manchester, UK.
First Personal Injury employ around 50 in-house lawyers and staff, who specialise solely in accident claims.

For further information, please visit the firm’s website at http://www.firstpersonalinjury.co.uk or contact Stephanie Freeman by email: stephanie(at)fmmarketingpr(dot)com or telephone 01270 883782 or 07961 149399.

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