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‘Shattered Lives’ campaign returns

THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has this week launched a new phase of its hard-hitting campaign on slip, trip and fall incidents in the workplace.

HSE figures show that slips and trips are the most common cause of major workplace injury in Britain and cost society an estimated £800 million each year.

Moreover, more workplace deaths are triggered by falls from height than any other cause, according to official statistics.

In response, the HSE is launching a new phase of its ‘Shattered Lives’ campaign, aimed at reducing such incidents.

The campaign involves raising awareness of the impact of workplace slips, trips and falls and directs people to the new Shattered Lives website (www.hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives) for practical advice and guidance.

Included on the site is an online tool (STEP) and a work at height access equipment toolkit (WAIT). Advice ranges from how to deal with spills and other slip risks, to the importance of using ladders correctly to reduce the risk of falling from height.

A spokesperson for the HSE said: ‘Making improvements does not need to cost the earth and we would encourage people to visit the Shattered Lives site, where they will be able to get simple and cost-effective solutions to help manage slips, trips and falls hazards in their workplace.’

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