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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Firms offered free safety training


    Companies in the London borough of Tower Hamlets are being handed the opportunity to enhance health and safety in their workplace in the new year.

    Specifically targeting firms in the Fish Island area, the Estates Excellence initiative will offer free guidance, support and training when it launches in January.

    Health and Safety Executive

    Tower Hamlets Council, the Health and Safety Executive and other partners are offering small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) in the area a series of practical programmes.

    Firms interested in the scheme will be offered an initial expert assessment of their own particular health and safety, fire safety and food safety training needs.

    A range of free workshops will then be offered to firms accepted on to the project, which also give access to occupational health professionals and a series of networking opportunities.

    Fire risk assessments

    A diverse range of topics are to be covered in the workshops, including manual handling, working at height, fire risk assessments and control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH).

    Dyn-Metal Ltd was one of the firms to take part in the programme in Park Royal earlier this year and managing director Stephen Capper admitted that he would recommend it to any business.

    Mr Capper said that Dyn-Metal staff members were able to be trained up in extra health and safety areas while on the course.

    Many smaller firms worry about the “prohibitive” cost of health and safety training, Mr Capper claimed. He described the Estates Excellence programme as a “great way” to address this issue.

    Not a test

    Tim Galloway, Health and Safety Executive director for London and the South East, moved to reassure firms that the voluntary project was not an attempt to check existing standards.

    Mr Galloway claimed that the aim of Estates Excellence was to help SMEs come up with a “practical health and safety programme that suits their individual needs”.

    Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, also praised the Estates Excellence programme. He claimed that it provides “expert advice” on health and safety matters without costing businesses a penny.

    Firms across the Fish Island area can expect a visit from the Estates Excellence team in the next few weeks to explain the project. If interested, companies will take part in a formal assessment before final training programmes are agreed and delivered.

    Anyone who is hurt in a workplace accident through no fault of their own can find out whether they could make a personal injury claim for compensation by contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.

    Date Published: December 23, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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