Scottish business leaders, safety campaigners and personal injury lawyers met in Glasgow this month (January) to discuss issues key to Scotland's health and safety strategy over the coming years.
The meeting forms part of a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) roadshow that will travel over Britain over the course of two weeks, with Glasgow the first city to host the event. The roadshow will eventually end in London at the beginning of February.
It is clear that despite having one of the best health and safety records in the developed world, Scotland has no room to rest on its laurels. Every year there are more than 40,000 new workplace injuries or illnesses in Scotland, and industries such as construction, agriculture, fishing and factory work must improve their worker safety records; something the many personal injury lawyers attending the roadshow could no doubt attest to.
In fact, official HSE figures show that 23 million working days are lost each year to occupational illness and injury, costing the UK close to £10 billion a year.
"Partnership working is vital to the future success of the health and safety system in Great Britain, and that is why this roadshow is so promising," commented Head of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in Scotland, Karen McDonnell, in the lead-up to event.
"Multi-disciplinary partnership working has been fundamental to bringing together Scotland's business and health and safety networks and this engagement on the future system is the next step forward."
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