The new statistics have been published for the number of fatally injured workers by the Health and Safety Executive. The figures were released on July 5th and cover the period between April 2011 and March 2012. The statistics show that 173 workers were killed, which is two less than the previous year’s data. The amount of deaths highlights the importance of vital health and safety courses, such as the SSSTS training course.
Concentrate on the Real Risks
Despite the fact that Britain has one of the lowest numbers of workplace fatalities in Europe the figures are still shockingly high. 173 employees died unnecessarily performing their daily duties, and employers should be aiming to help reduce these figures. The Health and Safety Executive Chair, Judith Hackitt said that the HSE want employers to concentrate on the real risks which are continuing to cause death and serious injuries. The statistics also shows that 49 of the fatalities were within the construction industry. Training schemes such as the site supervisors safety scheme can help to reduce the risks in this most dangerous of UK industries. If you are the owner of a construction firm offering this high level of training can help to ensure all of your supervisors are properly trained on how to manage a site safely.
Excellent Course Offered by the CITB
The SSSTS is awarded by the CITB and has become one of the set requirements of many of the major contractors in the UK. Employers are able to send their supervisors on the course, and it’s also open for anyone in the construction industry who is hoping to climb the ladder and be promoted into a role of responsibility. Supervisors and managers have a legal and moral duty to help run and maintain a safe working environment, working hard to reduce risks, create safe methods of work, and identify and evaluate hazards in order to produce safe working methods.