Transport & storage has the third highest fatal accident percentage after construction & agriculture making health and safety vitally important in this line of work. With over 5000 people injured every year in offices alone employers are investing heavily in implementing driving lessons, good health and safety practises in their businesses.
Official figures indicate that upwards of 93,000 people are employed in this sector, most of whom are male. Health and safety is everyone's responsibility not just the employer says Jonathan Barretto of JIT Removals, a logistics company offering storage facilities and office and home removals Dublin wide.
It is important to minimise the risk of accidents by being courteous and considerate at all times and to never become complacent. Utilisation of Personal protective equipment (PPE) provided at all times is essential and participation in mandatory training helps to minimise the risk of workplace accidents. These skills that are learned should be incorporated into practise on a daily basis (Manual handling, driving etc).
Reporting of accidents, incidents and near misses is extremely important in order to address these safety concerns/deficits before the accidents escalate in severity.