“…desired economic progress may be accompanied by an unwelcome rise in the rate of people being injured and killed in workplace accidents.”
HSA Annual Summary of Injury, Illness and Fatality Statistics, HSA, 30 June 2015
The rate of workplace accidents in Ireland is increasing. According to the recently published Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Annual Summary of Statistics for 2014, 56 fatal and 7,431 non-fatal workplace accidents were reported to the HSA in 2014. This is an increase of 9 fatal and 833 non-fatal accidents from 2013. The number of health and safety prosecutions is also on the increase, with 32 prosecutions being concluded in 2014, up 4 from 2013, according to the HSA’s recently published Annual Report for 2014.
An accident can occur in any workplace and the consequences can be significant. For example, a workplace accident exposes employers to the risk of litigation and in certain cases, to criminal prosecution. These consequences can be mitigated, however, by some careful forward planning. Here are 10 tips for being ‘accident-ready’.