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Childrens Safety
Guide to Safety and School Trips from Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

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HSE survey reveals over a third clear up at home but not at work -
Double standards are exacerbating the incidence of workplace falls in Scotland, according to an opinion survey published today by the
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as part of its Watch Your Step

Already the biggest cause of workplace injuries in Scotland with 3,727 incidents reported to the authorities last year, the opinion survey reveals that an attitude of 'It's not my responsibility' is to blame for ignoring slip and trip hazards at work, with over a third of those surveyed admitting that they are more likely to clear up a spillage or mess in their own home than at work.

"When one in six of the employees surveyed in Scotland has suffered an injury from a slip or trip incident at work, the extent of the problem is plain to see and it can have an acute effect on both the individuals and businesses involved," said Justin McCracken, Acting Chief Executive, HSE.

Nationally, a slip or trip incident takes place every three minutes and every hour someone breaks a bone. All in all, it is estimated that workplace falls cost the UK economy approximately 800 million each year, of which 500 million is directly borne by businesses.

According to the survey, tripping over an uneven floor covering is the most common cause of a slip or trip incident in Scotland accounting for nearly a quarter of workplace falls - a hazard that can easily be removed at little cost to individual businesses.

"To address the problem there really needs to be a shift in workplace attitude from 'ignore it' to 'do something about it'. Every employee needs to take this on board so that incidents are prevented before it's too late. Our message is clear - don't just see it, sort it," Justin McCracken continued.

Watch Your Step is a cross-industry campaign in partnership with other stakeholders, including Local Authorities, which aims to combat the increasing number of workplace falls by highlighting the scale of the problem for UK businesses; encouraging people to take the risks seriously; and raising awareness about cost-effective measures that can be put in place to reduce incidents and keep the costs to a minimum.

More information and practical tips on how to minimise risks can be
found by visiting www.watchyourstep.hse.gov.uk  or calling 0845 345 0055.

1. The Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in the UK.

2. Watch Your Step campaign
The HSE's Watch Your Step campaign is a major national initiative that focuses on raising awareness about the financial and personal costs and causes of slip and trip incidents at work. The campaign involves a partnership programme with Local Authorities and other stakeholders which helps encourage cost-effective and sensible ways of reducing incidents.

Pedestrian slipping and tripping is the most common cause of workplace injuries in the UK. Each year slips and trips cause over 40,000 serious injuries. Cumulatively, this costs the UK economy and employers an estimated 800 million and 500 million respectively and can cause considerable distress for those affected.

3. UK Workers Slips and Trips Opinion Survey 2005
The UK Workers Slips and Trips Opinion Survey 2005 was conducted by The Survey Shop on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive. The survey was designed to investigate  awareness and opinion relating to workplace slips and trip incidents amongst employees. In conducting the survey, 1,016 interviews were carried out over the period 12-18 August 2005.

4. Health and Safety Statistics Highlights 2003/04
This sets out the latest statistics on work-related fatalities, injuries and ill health in the UK. The key new statistics this year are 2003/04 data on non-fatal injuries notified under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), along with injury data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and ill health data from the 2003/04 Self-reported Work-related Illness (SWI) survey. The report and further statistics from the Health and Safety Executive can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics.

UK Split Over Safety Of Using Hands-free Phones In Cars
With the UK revving up to a ban on using handheld mobile phones whilst driving, more of us are likely to turn to the hands-free kit. But health and safety expert Croner warns of the dangers of talking at the wheel, and reveals that the nation is split over the issue.  Croner, the UK's leading supplier of business information, support and advice, asked health and safety professionals if hands-free kits should be banned at the wheel. 51% were in favour of a total ban, 47% thought we should be able to talk hands-free while driving, and just 3% were unsure.