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New recruits are most vulnerable to work injuries

6th February 2012 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

New or inexperienced workers are most susceptible to injuries in the workplaces of firms in the renewable sector, one group has warned.

Some companies may find it challenging to tackle unfamiliar health and safety hazards, with tight time constraints also applying extra pressure for firms to adopt measures that may include warning signs, a representative from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has highlighted.

Judith Hackitt, chair of the HSE, said: "New technology brings with it specific as well as generic risk factors. The rapid expansion [...] will of course mean increased activity levels and that will bring a sharp increase in the potential for health and safety related incidents and accidents."

Ms Hackitt commented that the speed of expansion in the offshore wind sector could trigger a rise in untested workers resulting from a potential skills gap.

Her statement comes after first minister Alex Salmond welcomed Samsung Heavy Industries' first European offshore wind project in Fife.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801284457-ADNFCR


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