A new campaign from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aiming to reduce the number of people injured by unsecured loads on vehicles.
Loading and unloading accounts for one in five workplace transport accidents, injuring 1,200 workers each year. If loads are not secured properly, they can be damaged and can move around inside the vehicle, posing a risk to those who unload them. The load could shift forward, injuring the driver, or could even cause the vehicle to become unbalanced and overturn.
As well as conducting spot checks on vehicles and sending guidance to hauliers and transport managers, HSE has created a Load Safety campaign website which contains practical advice and information on how to safely secure a load.
Peter Brown from HSE said: "There is absolutely no excuse for unsafe loads. We hear from drivers that they were only 'going down the road' or 'they were running late' but these just won't wash, not when people's health or lives are at risk.
"Take those few extra minutes to secure your loads or at best you could face a fine or, at worst, risk death or injury to yourself or others.”
Visit the Load Safety website at: www.hse.gov.uk/loadsafety
Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of major workplace injury in the UK.
HSE has launched the latest phase of its Shattered Lives campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the huge impact that slips and trips can have on peoples’ lives and to offer guidance on how injuries can be prevented.
The Shattered Lives website has tools and resources for employers and plenty of advice for workers in all industries, including posters which can be displayed in the workplace and offer reminders of the actions everyone can take to reduce the chance of slips and trips occurring, such as cleaning up spills, reporting trip hazards and keeping the area tidy.
Find out more at: www.hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives
Tackling abuse in relationships is the topic of a new Government campaign aimed at teenagers.
The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the signs and consequences of emotional, physical or sexual abuse in relationships, changing attitudes on the subject and encouraging anyone affected to seek help.
Hard-hitting adverts, directed by Shane Meadows, are currently being shown on TV, and a dedicated website This is abuse has been set up. The site offers advice for the abuser as well as the abused and also gives young people a chance to take part in live online discussions with experts.
Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, said: “We want to see young people in safe and happy relationships and this means tackling attitudes towards abuse at an early age, before patterns of violence can occur.
“We hope this campaign will help teenagers to recognise the signs of abuse and equip them with the knowledge and confidence to seek help, as well as understanding the consequences of being abusive or controlling in a relationship."
Visit the This is abuse website at: http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk
28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day, an event which is marked all over the world as a way to commemorate those killed, injured or made ill by their work and to highlight the importance of health and safety in the workplace.
The slogan for the Day is Remember the dead - Fight for the living.
Although the event has been observed by trade unions and other organisations in the UK since 1992, from this year the Government has announced that it will formally recognise the Memorial Day.
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), more than 2 million people die from occupational accidents or work-related diseases across the globe each year and there are 270 million occupational accidents and 160 million cases of occupational disease.
For details of activities taking place on 28 April, visit: www.hazards.org/wmd
The information on accidents and prosecutions featured in this section comes from a number of different sources including the Health and Safety Executive and regional and national newspapers.
“Britain cannot afford to stifle its young talent. We must invest in young people now, giving them all the chance to achieve their ambitions and become the key workers of the future.”
Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust
"Life itself is full of risks we cannot avoid. We all survive by learning how to deal with risk; and helping young people to experience risk and learn how to handle it is part of preparing them for adult life and the world of work."
Judith Hackitt, HSE Chair