Health & Safety: Building on Safety Has its Rewards
In 2008/9 over 4,000 employees suffered a major injury as a result of a fall from height. Falls happen in seconds but the results can last a lifetime. The Shattered Lives Campaign is here to help raise awareness, provide guidance and encourage everyone to take action to help reduce the risk of a slip, trip or fall at work.
First Line Digital, the UK’s largest independent installer of digital terrestrial and satellite equipment, recognised it could be doing more to tackle falls from height. Between June 2003 and July 2004 the company recorded 37 falls from height, four of which were serious enough to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Making Ladders Safer
After receiving recommendations from HSE, First Line Digital implemented a number of systems to keep its engineers safe and, year on year, it has improved training to ensure that all members of staff fully understand how to use equipment correctly.
A Dramatic Reduction
James Malone, First Line Digital health and safety officer said:
“Health and safety is a priority for us and this is demonstrated through the dramatic reduction we’ve seen in preventable incidents. The way we deliver training and conduct random audits ensures that our staff members take safety very seriously. In the five years since the changes were introduced there has been a significant reduction in the number of falls.”
Try the WAIT e-tool – and help make your workplace safe
You can help to prevent falls from height by taking some simple steps. To help you, we’ve created the WAIT e-tool – a simple, on-line guide for people who occasionally need to work at height and need advice on selecting the right access equipment.
Just log onto www.hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives and follow the simple instructions to access the WAIT e-tool.
Simple mistakes can shatter lives, your actions could stop them happening.>