Health and safety plea to city firms

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News Brief -

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.”

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