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Health and Safety priorities
Our inspectors won't inspect everything - they will concentrate on the following priority topics and what you have done to identify, minimise and control other risks created by what you do.
There are five key priority areas/topics that have been identified nationally as those causing the most work days lost due to work-related accidents and ill-health, these are:
- Slips, trips and falls, slipping and tripping are the most common causes of major injuries within UK workplaces. Each year about 11,000 major injuries are caused by slipping and tripping.
- Work related lifting/pushing/twisting and carrying known musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common occupational illness, affecting 1.0 million people a year. They include problems such as low back pain, joint injuries and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts.
- Work related stress, the Health and Safety Executive state that 13.5 million working days are lost each year due to work-related stress.
- Accidents involving workplace transport is the second biggest cause of workplace accidents. In 2004/5 there were 70 fatal and 2021 major injuries in the workplace.
- Falls from height remain the most common kind of workplace fatality. Work-related accidents involving a fall from height, person or object, results in approximately 80 fatalities
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