Health, Safety & Environmental BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 571
08 June 2017
Non-Xmo Accident Statistics
As part of our accident/incident investigation reports, we attempt to identify the organisation that was responsible for the incident. The enclosed page from our H&S meeting statistics report shows the results of these investigations.
Although the common perception is that the biggest hazard on site is the presence of members of public, the statics show that the most hazards are related to the site staff, this includes the site staff actually carrying out a hazardous activity, and site staff ignoring an obviously hazardous situation.
Since 2004, we have logged 1084 hazards caused or overlooked by the site staff, this is 38% of all incidents. Last year this was higher at 44% and currently 41% in 2017. Often these incidents are maintenance problems on site (39.7% of site issues are caused by lack of maintenance or wear and tear). 17.5% of site staff incidents are cause by a lack of awareness on the part of the staff or site manager, and a further 11% by improper motivation.
This shows the need to always assess the site conditions before any work is started, often there are hazards on site not relating to our works that could increase the risk of the job you are doing. These hazards should be documented on the LMRA and controls implemented to manage the risk of carrying out the works. Often this can be achieved by eliminating the hazard on site, mitigating our risk and that of future contractors and site patrons.