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Time pressures affecting industrial maintenance health and safety

10th January 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Pressures to reduce UK plant downtime are threatening health and safety during industrial maintenance work, one study has shown.

Materials Handling World has reported on research by MAINTEC, which discovered that health and safety is a big priority for 85 per cent of organisations, while 63 per cent admitted it could not be any more important.

However, more than a third of respondents claimed that the drive to reduce plant downtime is compromising the health and safety of UK companies.

Jake Morrison, MAINTEC event manager, said: "Improving health and safety during maintenance touches upon many issues such as worker training, dealing with contractors, setting proper project timescales and anticipating high risk situations."

These findings come after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) urged employers to introduce effective health and safety procedures.

Rosi Edwards, HSE's regional director for the midlands, underlined that the wellbeing of workers needs to be taken seriously.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801519939-ADNFCR


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