11 March 2021

Why a robust risk programme for manufacturers is a must.

Manufacturing can be a complex and dangerous industry with strict health and safety regulations and numerous risks to machinery, workers, buildings and the products manufactured. The risks can be amplified if you are part of a large supply chain and operate from multiple sites.

According to the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive for 2020, there were 85,000 work related incidents during the period in the manufacturing industry. This was made up of the following types of illnesses:

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders- 41%
  • Stress/ Depression and anxiety-  38%
  • Other- 21%

There were 66,000 Non-fatal injuries and the cause of these can be broken down as follows:

  • Slip, Trip or Fall- 23%
  • Lifting/Carrying- 22%
  • Struck by moving or falling objects- 13%
  • Contact with machinery – 12%

There were also 15 fatal injuries to workers during 2020.

Enforcement Notices

During 2020 the HSE issued 3161 enforcement notices of which 2764 were Improvement Notices and 397 were Prohibition Notices.

There were 93 prosecution cases and 89 of these resulted in a guilty verdict for at least one offence The average fine per case was £181,000.

Whether you are an industrial manufacturer, a heavy engineering company or a distributor, R K Henshall can help you to put together a robust risk management programme.

This will ensure that if a work related incident does occur, then at the very least you have a comprehensive insurance programme in place to minimise any impact that this may have on your bottom line.

For further information on all aspects of insurance for the manufacturing sector, please contact us today.

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