Employers 'must look to prevent workplace accidents'

Employers should strive to put provisions in place in place to prevent accidents at work from happening rather than waiting until such an incident has occurred.

That is the opinion of Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who has called on companies to take a proactive approach to avoiding injuries among their members of staff, rather than a reactive stance.

Ms Hackitt explained that doing so is better both in terms of safety procedures and saving the firm some money.

"Inherently, safety in design is far better and is more cost effective than attempting to bolt on safety measures at a later stage of the process," she insisted.

This comes after the HSE official recently urged managers to make sure any newcomers to their company are given proper training with regard to keeping safe as these people are the employee group most likely to get hurt in an accident at work.

Posted by Emily SwansonADNFCR-1500-ID-801285263-ADNFCR

06/02/2012 16:51