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MAJOR STUDY REVEALS THE HIDDEN COST


           OF WORKPLACE SAFETY – FEARS OF INJURY,

           DISTRUST OF EMPLOYERS AND BELIEF THAT

           PROFITS ARE PUT BEFORE PEOPLE

           Over a third of manual workers believe their employer is putting profi ts over people, with close to one
           in ten fearing for their safety every day at work, according to a major new study.
                recent online survey, carried out by   “Protecting the health and safety of employees   that during the pandemic, there has been a
                YouGov, on behalf of A-SAFE, reveals   is an essential part of a company’s risk   shift in attitudes towards health and safety –
           A an all too often hidden cost of safety in   management and must be led by its leadership   businesses faced pressure to be covid-secure
           workplaces across the UK and a perception that   team. People are at their most vulnerable in   and continue to operate. It also shows the
           the focus on Covid-security has compromised   industrial workplace environments, where   worries, fears and anxieties that many of us face
           other measures designed to keep workers safe.   vehicles and pedestrians are working in   in a working environment.
                                             proximity, and yet more could be done to protect
           Global workplace safety leader A-SAFE, based in   employees at work.”   “The insight this research provides will
           West Yorkshire, commissioned the survey as they                      help businesses and government bodies
           launch a worldwide campaign to highlight the   The new campaign from A-SAFE will show these   understand the need to follow clear guidelines
           risks being taken in some factories, warehouses   risks and highlight one story in particular – that   for businesses in terms of health and safety.
           and distribution centres, and the important safety   of Lisa Ramos, a mum-of-one who lost her leg   Lisa’s story highlights the human impact that
           measures that can be put in place to reduce   after being struck by a forklift truck. A gritty and   a workplace accident can have on someone
           them.                             emotional short fi lm, titled Amputee, follows the   and how following clear guidelines, such as
                                             traumatic impact of limb loss on Lisa and her   PAS 13 from the BSI, can make these accidents
           2,019 manual and semi-skilled workers, such
                                             family, and shines a harsh spotlight on the hidden   avoidable.”
           as machine operators, fi tters and drivers, were
                                             cost of workplace safety.
           questioned. Among the key fi ndings:                                  Lisa Ramos concluded: “The aim of Amputee
                                             The safety barrier manufacturer is calling for   was to highlight the heart-breaking hidden cost
           •   37% believe that profi ts are put before
                                             stricter standards to be put in place to reduce   that people and their families endure when they
              people in terms of ensuring the right health
                                             injuries, protect workers and ensure that   have a workplace accident. It has been a long
              and safety measures are in place where
                                             everyone who goes to work at the start of their   and painful recovery and A-SAFE has created an
              they work.
                                             shift is able to go home when it ends. A-SAFE   emotional, thought-provoking fi lm that tells my
           •   33% say the focus on creating Covid-secure   is now calling for businesses to adhere to   story in a respectful way.
              environments has led to the neglect of   PAS 13 in workplaces. Published by the British
              other health and safety measures.   Standards Institution (BSI), PAS 13 is a guideline   “As a result of my accident, I had to have my
                                                                                left foot amputated and su ered degloving of
           •   24% do not think their employer is   for organisations to follow which reduces the risk   the skin and fat, up to my thigh.  My recovery
              dedicated to keeping them safe and they   of collision accidents and ensures protection is fi t   has been an ongoing process, and I continue
              do not trust them to protect workers.   for purpose.
                                                                                to su er with phantom limb pain, take large
           •   Taken together, this leads to one in ten (9%)   James Smith adds: “Our survey serves to   quantities of medication and struggle with my
              of those surveyed saying they go to work   encourage business leaders to make better   mental health. The whole campaign highlights
              not feeling safe in general.   decisions and improve workplace standards, and   the crucial message that businesses need to
           Analysis of the o  cial RIDDOR (Reporting of   the fi ndings indicate that more needs to be done   introduce these clear guidelines on workplace
           Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences   to tackle some of the industry’s most pressing   safety, so others won’t have to endure the
           Regulations) data from the Health and Safety   health and safety challenges. Ultimately, failure   trauma that my family and I went through.”
           Executive (HSE) shows that, on average, at least   to include health and safety as a key business   To watch the full Amputee fi lm and fi nd
           136 workers have received fatal injuries in the   objective can have catastrophic results, as Lisa’s   information on the ‘The Hidden Cost of
           workplace each year since 2016 with 70,000   story highlights.       Workplace Safety’ campaign, visit: asafe.com/
           receiving injuries. One in fi ve of those deaths   "We are launching our campaign, ‘The Hidden   thehiddencost
           came from being struck by a moving vehicle.   Cost of Workplace Safety’, to help raise
           It is feared that many non-fatal injuries go   awareness of the issue and increase standards
           unreported by workplaces who choose not to   in the workplace. As industry experts, we support
           notify the HSE of accidents and near misses   organisations of all sizes to fi nd the best ways
           under RIDDOR.                     to lead and promote health and safety, and
                                             therefore meet their legal obligations.”
           James Smith, co-owner and director of A-SAFE
           told B365: “I know that for some businesses   The Royal Society for the Prevention of
           health and safety can be seen as a chore with   Accidents (RoSPA) welcomes A-SAFE’s work to
           red tape, ticking boxes and endless bureaucracy.   draw attention to the importance of good health
           But when there are failures, the results can be   and safety management and the need to follow
           catastrophic - lives can be changed and families   guidelines in the workplace.
           devastated in an instant. it is time this hidden cost   Dr Karen McDonnell, occupational health
           of going to work is highlighted, and that is what   and safety policy adviser, head of RoSPA
           this survey and our campaign aims to do.   Scotland,commented: “The research highlights



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