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Drowning research outlines new safety targets

5th July 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Young Scottish and Welsh men should be targeted for drowning prevention campaigns, one group has suggested.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has warned that there are higher rates of drowning in the two countries when compared to England, while the rate of accidents is also impacted by the amount of water and people in a specific area.

David Walker, leisure safety manager at the safety charity RoSPA, said: “There has been a stagnant toll of inland water deaths in recent years which is why this groundbreaking analysis of drowning data is so important; for the first time, we have insights that can be used to target inland water safety campaigns based on a variety of different risk factors.”

Mr Walker went on to say that it is important to invest proportionate effort into drowning prevention, with work focused on the areas of highest risk.

He also emphasised that leisure safety is about “managing risks” rather than than eradicating them all together.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801608605-ADNFCR


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