It will never happen to me…. Jayne Hayward. … we don’t have accidents. “I’ve been doing this job for over thirty years and I’ve never had an accident” “If we put everything in place that we’re supposed to we’d never get the job done”. The ostrich syndrome.
… we don’t have accidents
“I’ve been doing this job for over thirty years and I’ve never had an accident”
We don’t need SMS because we don’t have accidentsWhy do we feel this way?
An employee severed his arm in a rotary valve to which access had been gained through a hatch. He had been trying to clear a blockage.
The crop had blocked the cyclone causing the line to shut down. He opened the access door in cyclone to clear wet product, which wasn't dropping correctly onto conveyor. Instructed by the shift supervisor he then opened another lower inspection hatch.
He was somehow grabbed by the conveyor. As he tried to put his arm out to grab the edge of the hatch, he missed and his arm went into valve. As a result his arm was severed below the elbow including two fingers across top of hand - arm put back on and two fingers plus thumb.All it takes is a moment in time…
on a patch
Loss of livelihood
Social life affected
Stress of dealing with aftermath
Stress over potential litigationCost of accidents
Damage to equipment
Loss of personnel/skill-set
Time for the investigation
Increased insurance costs
Decreased morale of workforce
Civil law suits
111K RIDDOR reportable injuries
1.1m work-related illness
212K over-3-day absence injuries occurred (LFS)
27 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
£1 insured costs
£8 > £36
Workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer)
costs to society an estimated
£13.4 billion in 2010/11
Andrew used the spike of the fore end loader to bring a large, half ton bag of fertiliser from the storage barn and then positioned it behind the fertiliser spreader at the rear end of the main vehicle.
The spreader tractor was parked with its engine off but Andrew left the engine running on the other vehicle and did not put the handbrake on.
He then went between the two vehicles to slit the fertiliser bag. He had his back to the older vehicle and because the yard was on a concrete slope it crept forward, gathered speed and crushed him between the two vehicles. His mobile telephone was in the spreader tractor cab and he could not summon help.
Safety Management Systems
Employee involvement in decision making
Positive safety culture
Rewarding safe practice
Safety meetings / tool-box talks
The cost of ‘putting things right’ far outweigh the cost of preventing an incident from happening in the first place
Perception of stakeholders
Loss of business
Fee for Intervention
In operation from 1st October 2012
Brought in as an incentive to operate within the Law
Focus on high risk organisations
HSE charge £124 per hour for inspections/investigation where there is found to be a ‘material breach’
‘A material breach is when, in the opinion of the HSE inspector, there is or has been a contravention of health and safety law that requires them to issue notice in writing of that opinion to the duty-holder’
Guidance available on HSE website HSE47
Policy and procedures for managing incidents
Trained personnel / allocated duties
Appropriate level of First Aid cover – early intervention
First Aiders trained in specific occupational risks e.g. hazardous chemicals
Guidance applies from 1st October 2013 (currently in draft form)
The requirement for HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel to be removed
Training Providers will be required to meet certain standards set by HSE
Legal requirement for employers to ensure they have an adequate number of suitably trained first aiders (or appointed persons) in accordance with their first aid needs assessment remains unchanged
Previously reported injuries that subsequently result in a fatality are reportable under RIDDOR by telephoning the incident contact centre (ICC) or by submitting a duplicate form online…
Increase in period from over 3 consecutive days lost-time injury to over 7 consecutive days
Details of over 3 day injuries (listed in the Regulations) must still be formally recorded
Proposals to simplify/clarify RIDDOR reporting requirements (CD243)