A new study has been conducted into health and safety levels in the UK’s food and drink industry.
A third of the industry took part
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) study found that half of the injuries in this sector come from slips, trips or falls, while 1 in 5 involve a fall from height. The third most common cause of injury was from moving machinery, with 1 in 10 coming from this source.
Five trade associations representing nearly a third of the total UK food and drink industry workforce took part in the survey, which also used safety and health data recorded in 2014/15.
The figures showed that there were 99 specified injuries and 816 over-three-day injuries that year. This equates to an accident frequency rate of 0.34 over-three-day injuries per 100,000 hours.
Provides a focus for improvements
Survey coordinator Andy Melachrino, Vice-Chair of the IOSH Food and Drink Industries Group, said: “What is clear is that the top cause of injury in all categories is slips and trips, which will continue to be a key focus for the industry along with preventing musculoskeletal injury through manual handling and good occupational health management.
“We can see improving trends in accident frequency rates both in specified injuries and over-three-day lost time injuries for the sector as a whole, which is in line with a continued downward trend as seen in the Health and Safety Executive’s RIDDOR injury data.
“In providing the benchmarking data we hope both trade associations and individual companies will use it to measure their own performance and to drive continued improvement plans to prevent workplace injuries and occupational illness caused by work.”
The survey looked at dangerous occurrences and fires. There were 24 incidents in 2014/15 involving the accidental release of a substance that may cause harm, and 20 reported fires.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown