Many accidents at work are easily preventable and firms must take steps to minimise these types of incidents, according to one expert.
Richard Clarke, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said that taking simple measures can often prevent severe injury or even deaths resulting from workplace accidents and warned firms which do not that they may be prosecuted and fined.
He pointed out that all machinery must have guards and staff must be trained adequately in how to operate any potentially dangerous devices.
"Sadly incidents are all too common. Factories must treat the safety of their workers as a top priority to prevent serious injuries or even deaths in the future," he said.
His comments followed the recent prosecution of Leeds firm Roadways Container Logistics Limited, which was fined GBP 250,000 and ordered to pay GBP 100,000 in costs after one of its employees was crushed to death in an accident at work.
Posted by Verity Taylor