Don’t become a Health & Safety statistic

We are very proud to have our main headquarters in Northampton. It is a great place for our staff to live and work and we are proud to be a part of the vibrant business community here.

So, we were saddened to read the latest statistics for the numbers of injuries that took place at workplaces in Northampton during the past year.

The figures, released in November by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), showed that in 2019-20 the organisation was informed of 368 non-fatal incidents in the area – a rise of 37 on the previous year.

Workplace injuries

The injuries included serious burns, amputations, loss of sight and fractures and in nearly 300 cases the victim was unable to perform their normal duties for more than seven consecutive days. Thankfully, there were no fatalities but the figures reveal that 294 Northampton workers per 100,000 were injured at work last year – higher than the East Midlands’ average rate of 279.

What does the law say?

It is a legal requirement for businesses to report work-related accidents to the HSE if it results in a reportable injury. When deciding if the accident that led to the death or injury is work-related, the key issues to consider are the way the work was organised, the equipment that was used and the condition of the site or premises where the accident happened.

Employers can end up facing prosecution, substantial fines, court costs and even imprisonment if they are found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

We know how many businesses feel when it comes to Health and Safety. It’s a headache, it’s red tape, it’s pointless regulations being forced on hard-working firms by the Government, it gets in the way of running their business. Health and Safety isn’t something for them to be concerned about because nothing’s going to happen to them, to their staff. It’s awful when accidents happen… but it’s someone else’s problem, right?

Sadly, as these statistics show, accidents are happening on our doorstep in Northampton every day. However, the good news is the ‘headache’ of dealing with health and safety compliance doesn’t need to be yours.

How we can help you

At Acorn Safety Services, the team of experts at our multi-disciplined health and safety consultancy can manage all your health and safety needs. So, whether it’s undertaking a fire risk assessment of a warehouse, providing Construction, Design and Management (CDM) consultancy services or completing site safety inspections and audits we have the expertise and certifications to help you.

A full list of the services we offer is available on our website including our Retained Health and Safety Consultant service. This is designed for business owners who want to comply with the law but don’t want the expense of a full-time employee. As your retained health and safety consultant we help your business become health and safety compliant in the shortest time possible, supporting you, your organisation and your employees on an ongoing basis.

In the last 16 years, we’ve shown hundreds of businesses how to easily become health and safety compliant without them having to do all the hard work or making mistakes. We’ve achieved impressive results for our clients, and we can do the same for you too.

We’ll do all the hard work for you, so all you need to do is choose which support package works best for you and you’ll be health and safety compliant in no time.

Don’t be like other businesses that assume accidents won’t happen to them, Don’t be one of the victims – let us help you to manage your Health and Safety requirements so you can get on with running your business and keep your staff safe and your organisation protected from potentially crushing fines.

If you need health and safety advice visit http://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.

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Neil Munro