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Health and Safety signs 'still essential'

24th December 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

The latest statistics reveal that there has been a drop in the number of workplace deaths in the last 12 months, but that should not mean that measures such as installing health and safety signs are ignored, according to two writers.

Andrew Penman and Nick Sommerlad, writing in the Mirror, pointed out that the 180 deaths which have occurred in UK workplaces in the last year is still 180 too many, and could have been prevented by taking measures such as installing health and safety signs.

They pointed to three incidents in particular when companies have been fined in the last 12 months, all of which were as a result of avoidable accidents where warning signs could have made a difference.

Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) chair Judith Hackitt told the newspaper: "History suggests that when we move back into economic growth the rate of work-related injuries will tend to increase."

The HSE's statistics revealed that there were an average of 106 injuries per 100,000 workers in the UK in 2008-09, illustrating the importance of taking precautions such as using health and safety signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19529703-ADNFCR


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