Bed manufacturers advised on health and safety issues
A new report has been launched to promote best practice for bed manufacturers, it was confirmed on Tuesday (June 1st).
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), workers in this industry are twice as likely to suffer manual handling injuries than in other manufacturing sectors.
As a result, the HSE teamed up the National Bed Federation (NBF) for the study, which identifies tape-edging and handling above the head as the most high-risk activities.
Divan assembly and dressing, mattress assembly, tufting, and spring assembly and hand stitching of mattresses were also pinpointed as threats to the safety or workers.
"It is encouraging that a number of bed manufacturers have shown their commitment to the health and safety of their employees by welcoming new ways of working," said Jessica Alexander, executive director of the NBF.
"We now want to ensure that this good practice is shared across industry with the message that it can also make good business sense."
Meanwhile, the Atomic Weapons Establishment was recently handed an award by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for its commitment to using safety measures such as warning signs.
Posted by Nicole Stevens
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