06 June 2012

Data on fatalities needs to be more forensic, demands PASMA

Data on fatalities needs to be more forensic, demands PASMA

PASMA, the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, comments on the HSE's provisional fatal injury statistics for 2011/12 which show a modest reduction, but nevertheless a reduction, in the number of workplace fatalities: 173 compared with 175 for 2010/11.

A long-time time advocate of the need for more detailed data, the Association says the latest figures, although clearly important, do little or nothing to help identify the cause of these fatalities. Such data, claims PASMA, is essential to help target information and initiatives at those areas needing it most.

Firmly committed to advancing safety and best practice in the work at height sector - a major cause of workplace injuries and deaths - the Association says the need for in depth information is paramount in order to help influence future outcomes and enable all organisations who champion safety to focus their attention where it matters most.

Comments Neil Tomlinson, PASMA's head of marketing and communications: "Only in this way will we be able to prioritise, direct and take the action necessary to influence the figures and be able to demonstrably show progress on significantly reducing accident statistics. Not only in the UK, but ultimately internationally."

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