European Health and Safety at Work Week has now come to an end, with events and activities across Europe to mark the occasion and highlight awareness of the importance of being safe in the work place.
In the UK it is the Health and Safety Executive who are responsible for ensuring employees adhere to the Health and Safety at Work Act. Established in 1971, it is designed to protect employees within the workplace and ensure businesses offer a duty of care to their staff.
In 2011/12 there were over 1 million work related injuries, resulting in over 27 million lost working days. This is a huge figure and has a huge impact on businesses in being able to trade efficiently, as without staff a business cannot expect to be successful or indeed operate.
Some injuries are more common than others in the workplace, with each environment having its own set of potential hazards.