The HSE's Safety in Manufacturing Plastics and Composites Strategy (SIMPLC) aims to build on good practice within the industry and establish a health and safety culture within individual businesses. This initiative is chaired by Composites UK and is a collaboration between trade bodies.
Composites UK has produced a three-year action plan against this strategy on which to focus its activities in order to help set standards across the sector. This plan is reviewed annually following the industry submission of accident reports. Findings from the 2019 accident reporting exercise are summarised in the newly published H&S report. The report can be downloaded here.
Key Statistics for the UK Composites Sector, 2019 H&S Report include:
- 70 accident returns, representing 4272 employees
- 0 fatal injuries to workers
- 30 RIDDOR accidents reported, resulting in 269 days lost
- 50 non-RIDDOR accidents reported, resulting in 121 days lost
- 467 minor accidents with no time lost
- 3181 days lost due to ill health
The main causes of accidents resulting in time lost at work are:
- Manual handling
- Slips and trips
- Knife injury
These areas will be the focus of activities for 2020/21.
COVID-19 hit the world in early 2020, and the focus of activities was to ensure that companies could continue to operate safely through the crisis; meeting new working arrangement requirements. For information on this, click here.