The UK Composites Sector 2019 Health and Safety Report Launched

July 13 2020

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 summarized in the newly published H&S report.

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.

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