New health and safety statistics released

First aid volunteers at football

New health and safety statistics released today by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal a reduction in the numbers of people killed, injured or made ill by work during 2007/08.

Sue Killen, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance, which trains half a million people every year in first aid and health and safety, commented: ‘The reduction is good news and shows that businesses are increasingly recognising that health and safety and first aid have important roles to play in the workplace.

The reduction is good news and shows that businesses are increasingly recognising that health and safety and first aid have important roles to play in the workplace.

Sue Killen
Chief Executive, St John Ambulance

‘We’ve seen more people coming forward to be first aiders and we often hear how they’ve used first aid to care for their colleagues, whether it’s on a building site or in an office. It’s reassuring to have those anecdotal stories backed up with positive statistics.

‘While the reduction in injury and deaths is welcomed we’d like to see it reduce even further. Organisations like St John Ambulance can advise and train businesses on how to carry out a risk assessment to determine the type of health and safety training required. We are also working closely with the HSE to revise first aid at work regulations, due next year, which we hope will help more businesses find it easier to comply with the guidance.’