Health & Safety can feel like a minefield for many businesses. Bosses fear visits from the dreaded Health & Safety inspector and worry about becoming embroiled in endless reams of red tape.
Firms regularly become frustrated with ever-increasing workloads landing on their desks because the Government keeps on adding more and more Health & Safety regulations. As a result, overwhelmed bosses can switch off completely – they bury their heads in the sand when it comes to Health & Safety because they just want to get on with their day-to-day business.
However, you only have to take a look at the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to realise quickly why Health & Safety should be at the forefront of all our minds. The newly released figures for 2019-2020 reveal 1.6 million British workers suffered from work-related ill health and almost 700,000 sustained non-fatal injuries during the year.
The statistics, compiled from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, also show there were tragically 111 fatal injuries at work and 38.8 million working days were lost as a result of work-related illnesses and workplace injuries. The estimated economic cost to Great Britain totalled £16.2 billion.
There were also numerous instances of bosses falling foul of Health & Safety laws – 325 prosecutions resulted in a conviction and fines from convictions amounted to a staggering £35.8 million.
Worryingly 97% of businesses will never reach full Health & Safety compliance – it’s not their fault they just haven’t got the time or knowledge to do it all themselves. If this sounds like your firm – and you’re not really sure what you should be doing when it comes to Health & Safety – you could end up falling victim to the ‘where there’s blame, there’s a claim’ brigade. If you don’t get things right, you could leave yourself open to prosecutions, fines or jail and even worse someone may end up getting injured under your watch.
The good news is at Acorn Safety Services we have a friendly team of fully independent and highly accredited Health & Safety experts who work with clients throughout the UK in the construction industry and across all business sectors.
Our management team brings more than 60 years of experience to the table so we can take away from firms the stress of having to manage their health and safety obligations with our streamlined and comprehensive support service.
At Acorn, we help business owners become health and safety compliant in the shortest time possible, supporting them, their business and their employees on an ongoing basis.
We can show you exactly what you need to do to become Health & Safety compliant, with support from one of our Retained Health & Safety consultants. We’ve assisted all types of business from construction companies to schools, hospitals to offices and everywhere in between.
As one of the few fully independent Health, Safety and CDM consultants we strategise with you, recommend solutions that we know will work best for your business and have access to the whole of the market when it comes to delivering truly impartial advice.
We offer our clients a personal service, dedicated support and act as a professional Health & Safety Partner.
We are specialists in all aspects of Business Health & Safety; Construction Design and Management consultancy (CDM); Construction Site Safety and Fire Risk Assessments.