Injuries at work rise 15 per cent

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Numbers of local authority are dropping and this means work for OH nursesThe health and safety of millions of workers around the country is being putat risk because of a big reduction in local authority inspectors, the TUC hassaid. And picking up the pieces of such cuts will, in part, inevitably fall onoccupational health nurses, both in primary care and those working in industry,the unions’ body has warned. Over the past four years the number of local authority inspectors has fallenby 360, or 24 per cent, while injuries in the service sector – the area thatcouncils are responsible for – have risen by 4,112, or 15 per cent, the TUCsaid. An increasing number of service sector injuries are being reported inleisure centres, banks, shops, call centres, care homes and hairdressingsalons, which have seen injuries rise from 26,709 in 1996/97 to 30,821 in1998/99. The increase comes at a time when injury rates have been falling across theeconomy as a whole, argued the TUC. In 1998/99, the last year figures were available, 10 workers were killed inthe service sector, with a further 30,000 suffering serious injury, includingbroken limbs, amputation and loss of sight, the survey found. Scotland had seen the greatest drop in the number of council inspectors, itadded. Owen Tudor, the TUC’s senior policy officer working with prevention,rehabilitation and compensation, said, when fewer inspectors are available, aworkforce often depended more on OH nurses. “But they are not an alternative – and bluntly, there are not enough ofeither,” he added. While there would be an impact on OH nurses working in industry,particularly in sectors with larger employers such as banking, the main onuswould fall on OH nurses in the primary care setting. “People getting injured, where there is not an OH nurse on site, willhave to go off to their GP, which will mean an increase in workload for OHnurses in primary care,” he said. www.tuc.org.uk Comments are closed. Injuries at work rise 15 per centOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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