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RoSPA boss says accidents should be treated like cancer and heart disease

11th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Workplace accidents should be viewed in the same light as cancer and heart disease, and treated accordingly, according to Tom Mullarkey, chief executive of RoSPA.

Accidents are the most common cause of premature, preventable death in the UK, ahead of both cancer and heart disease.

Yet workplace accidents do not get the same amount of attention as other dangers. Mr Mullarkey says action should be taken to reduce them.

Mr Mullarkey sees the lack of coverage given to accidents as being a result of capable and well-funded lobbyists, and public opinion, giving all the attention to other causes of death.

He said: “Who would dare to take on cancer and heart disease in these conditions of public opinion, even if new evidence said otherwise?”

Yet with accidents still causing too many deaths, and NHS costs rising, Mr Mullarkey sees a definite need to cut down workplace incidents.

He said: “If all great invention is based on first principle, then there is an immutable one: Prevention is far better than cure.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801659055-ADNFCR


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