Accidents at work 'could be cut by tie-up between UK and EU'

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance must do more to establish co-operation with other members of the European Union (EU) in order to reduce legislative red tape surrounding heath and safety rules in the country.

That is according to EEF - which represents around 25 per cent of the UK's manufacturing companies - as the organisation has recently completed its annual survey with regard to health and safety in the workplace.

EEF found that many firms in Britain are concerned about the possibility of even more red tape being implemented and stated that "case study guidance" is perceived as the most effective method of preventing accidents at work.

Steve Pointer, head of health and safety at EEF, commented: "The legislative framework in the UK is mature and there is little belief among those managing health & safety that further legislation would raise standards."

Mr Pointer added that a "coalition for change" between EU states is needed in this field.

Posted by Craig Williams

18/01/2011 16:52