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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

    Small firms falling short on health and safety


    A majority of smaller businesses are failing when it comes to health and safety, new research suggests.

    Conducted by YouGov for workplace safety specialist Seton, the study found that more than half the small and medium-sized firms that were looked at admit failing to meet health and safety standards.

    Avoidable accidents

    It also found that three-fifths of the senior decision-makers surveyed think their firm could do more to cut the chances of employees having an accident at work.

    Meanwhile, just over a fifth (22%) say their firm has either nobody or just one person who has been given any workplace training in health and safety.

    And almost a third (32%) say they know of at least one accident at work over the last year that could have been avoided had the correct health and safety guidelines and procedures been followed or the right equipment used.

    Nearly a quarter (23%) of those questioned said time constraints are the biggest barrier to complying with health and safety standards, with 19% putting the failure down to their firm’s finances.

    ‘Transport firms faring worst’

    Worryingly, 70% of the decision-makers from firms in the medical and health services sector think they are failing to fully meet health and safety standards.

    And the situation is even worse in the transport and distribution sector where 73% of respondents felt the same way.

    Almost two-thirds of businesses in the education and manufacturing sectors, meanwhile, said more could be done to ensure health and safety commitments are met.

    Accident Advice Helpline can help people who’ve been injured in an accident at work make a claim for compensation.

    Contact our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice.

    Source: SHP Online 

    Date Published: November 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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