UK 'major accidents' rate drops following launch of HSE scheme

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Number of accidents for the firms that have signed up to SIMPL has been the lowest since the programme began

The number of major accidents within the UK plastics industry is at its lowest since 2012, according to the latest report by the British Plastics Federation (PPF) on 30 June. 

According to BPF one of the contributing elements to the drop is the launch of SIMPL (Safety In Manufacturing Plastics) in 2010, by the federation, the Health and Safety Executive and other trade associations and unions.

So far, more than 100 companies have signed the SIMPL programme, said BPF on 30 June, adding that statistics show that the number of accidents for the firms that have signed up to SIMPL has been the lowest since the programme began.

The BPF also published the results of its annual survey of its member companies regarding accidents in the workplace on 30 June.

According to survey, most common accidents within the 110 firms that responded were due to “handling, lifting or carrying”, accounting for 18% of accidents.

This figure, said BPF, has increased from the previous year and reconfirms it as the most common type of accident within the plastics industry.

The report also shows that “other cuts” (not knife-related injuries) and a “hit against stationary object” were other dominant causes of accidents, with both accounting for 14% of accidents.

Sharp edges, contact with machine blades, trimming tools and cardboard packaging were among the major causes of non-knife-related cuts.

In total, the combined figures of knife-related injuries and non-knife-related accidents account for almost a quarter of all accidents in the plastics industry.

The next most common types of accident are “slip, trip or fall from same level” at 13% and “hit by moving, including flying or falling object” at 11%.

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