Number of health and safety incidents at the council with figures showing a 20% increase

Number of health and safety incidents at the council with figures showing a 20% increase

Changes to records in schools and colleges have been identified as the main reason behind a 20% rise in health and safety incidents at the council.

Red Car and Cleveland Council recorded 83 incidents from all districts and services between April last year and February this year. This is an increase of 14 from the number 69 for the same period in 2022/23, i.e. an increase of 20.2%.

A report to members of the council’s Employment, Health and Safety Committee said changes to recording systems in some educational settings accounted for ten of the additional incident reports.

From the latest figures, 76 incidents were recorded as minor injuries and six incidents were reported to the Health and Safety Executive where the resulting lost working time was more than seven days. Meanwhile, one incident resulted in a serious injury, which was also reported to the HSE, a decrease from four in the previous period.

A breakdown of accident figures showed that the months near the end of the year were the most dangerous, with December leading the way with 13 accidents, followed by November (12) and October (10). In terms of minor injuries, schools accounted for 24th in 2023/24, tied with the adult and community division also on 24. The biggest cause of accidents in 2023/24 was slip and trip (20), followed by someone being struck by moving machinery with a flying or falling object (16).

Separately, 41 physical attacks were recorded between last April and February of this year, 12 of which resulted in personal injury. The report also stated that during this period a total of 250 days of absence were recorded, which was attributed to an injury sustained while at work.

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