The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is leading a campaign to re-introduce the collection of data relating to injuries sustained by the UK public.
The data used to be collected by the former Department for Trade and Industry, but this practice was stopped in 2002.
A campaign led by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has highlighted the problems caused by lack of data on the causes of injuries and accidents in the UK. The campaign was started in 2002 after formal data collection practices were stopped, but has grown momentum in recent years as campaign partners have raised awareness of the problems in their own industries, caused by lack of information about injuries.
In the past this valuable data was used to decide on the subject of accident prevention campaigns, which brought the dangers of such things as ‘toxic’ sofas and hair straighteners to light. Patients were asked about the circumstances of their accidents and injuries whilst being treated in hospital, and this information provided an insight into possible faulty products or common hazards.
A spokesperson from leading law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, provided an insight into just how useful this data could be,
“In most cases, the public are unaware of just how dangerous some products are, particularly electrical items like hair straighteners or Christmas lights. The collation of injury data would help to reduce the number of unnecessary injuries and even deaths, and provide a good starting point for the government to decide where to invest money in public safety campaigns.”
Possibly one of the most important consequences of re-introducing a method of collecting injury data is that it would help to reduce the burden on the NHS. The NHS has stated that Accident and Emergency cases have doubled to 21.48 million in the last 20 years.
On RoSPA’s website, they have estimated that,
“the cost of unintentional injuries to UK society is at least £150billion per year, of which home and leisure accidents account for £95billion, road £30billion and workplace £30billion.”
This adds up to a huge burden on an already over-stretched NHS, both in financial terms and also manpower. The cost of starting a data collection system must surely be worth it in the long run.
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Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown