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A fifth of tradespeople injured when breaking health and safety rules

Research from Direct Line business insurance reveals almost one in five (19 per cent) tradespeople have been injured as a result of breaking health and safety rules on site. The scale of health and safety breaches is concerning, with 46 per cent of tradespeople admitting they do not always take the required precautions when conducting work.

For many tradespeople, there is a lack of awareness of the relevant health and safety regulations, with 45 per cent saying they are not fully aware of, or regularly updating themselves on, relevant legislation.

Two fifths (39 per cent) of tradespeople say that there is not always an emphasis on making sure junior colleagues or trainees know how to follow health and safety rules, dangerously combining a lack of experience with a lack of training. When asked whether they would pull up a colleague if they were not following a serious rule, just 60 per cent said that they would step in.

Failure to adequately train employees, particularly those who are less experienced or apprentices, could lead to them needing to take several weeks off while they recover from an injury; or worse, their livelihood could be affected permanently.

Every employer has a duty to manage the health and safety of those they employ or those who may be affected by their undertakings. Ensure risks are assessed, and take action where it has been identified that control measures are needed. If you require health and safety training, feel free to get in contact: 01782 438813

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