We all understand that one of the main reasons for investigating accidents is to find out why it happened, in order to prevent it happening again. The impact of an accident can be very damaging to staff morale, disruption of operations and the company reputation with significant associated costs. Learning from failures and implementing changes… Continue reading Accident Prevention: Learning from Past Failures
Zero Accident Vision (ZAV) is a viewpoint stating that no one ought to be injured as the result of an accident in the workplace. More a school of thought than an actual numerical goal, in accident prevention terms, Zero Accident Vision proposes that all accidents can be prevented and offers a basis for learning from… Continue reading Implementing a Zero Accident Vision: 4 pillars of success
It is estimated that fatigue in the workplace costs the UK economy between £155 and £240 million each year – in direct workplace accident costs alone. A general term often used to describe a wide variety of conditions, fatigue is generally accepted as ‘feeling very tired/weary/sleepy due to insufficient rest or sleep, prolonged work periods… Continue reading Managing Workplace Fatigue
An ill-thought through prank, while on the face of it, may seem entirely funny to the trickster, can result in serious and long term consequences… April 1st marks April Fool’s Day, also know as All Fool’s Day, and is traditionally celebrated by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are referred to as April fools. The… Continue reading Don’t Get Caught Out on Health and Safety Grounds This April Fool’s Day
The past 40 years has seen a change in the way that businesses look at occupational health and safety. Changes in business practice particularly, but not exclusively, in the manufacturing industry mean that good OHS practice can (arguably will) lead to improved profitability. In the 40 years since the UK’s ground-breaking 1974 Health and Safety… Continue reading Is it time to see OHS as a profit-generator?
This post provides a review of the injury and fatality statistics and their impact for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 and the trend analyses drilling down to the sectors and how the UK compares to the rest of Europe. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published the latest UK Health and Safety statistics… Continue reading The UK’s Safety Performance – a look at the HSE’s reported accident figures for 2014/15
On 27 May, the Washington Post published an article about deaths among migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. It wasn’t, by a very long way, the first piece on the subject. Human Rights Watch published a report about it last year, and The Guardian has consistently reported about migrant worker… Continue reading Fifa, Qatar and Social Media – a new force in changing attitudes to Occupational Health and Safety?