Health and safety plea to city firms
CITY businesses are being urged to ensure their staff are safe at work by a health and safety charity.
St John Ambulance in Cambridgeshire is offering small and medium sized businesses a health and safety course, on June 21 and 22 in Whittlesey.
The aim is to combat the problem of injuries at work. Nationally, more than 1,200 people received major injuries at work last year and a further 2,650 had to take more than three days off as a result of slips, trips or falls in the workplace.
These kinds of accident cost the country around £800 million in lost productivity in 2008/9.
Any business running the course will get free advice from a St John health and safety expert for three years afterwards.
Sue Skoyles, regional training manager from St John Ambulance, said: “Slips and trips are the most common cause of workplace injury in Britain. Last year, 180 people died from their injuries, two in the in the East of England. Employers might think they are doing all they can to keep workers safe but they could do a lot more. Poor health and safety practices can cost businesses a fortune.”
For more, call 08700 10 49 50 or visit www.sja.org.uk