Electrical contractors report reduced accident rates

Electrical contractors report reduced accident rates

The latest accident statistics for electricity companies, employing more than 13,000 workers in total, show a further reduction in the accident rate in 2018.

The The figures, collected by the Joint Industry Council (JIB) on behalf of the professional electrotechnical organization CEA and Unite the Union, show that the rate of accidents notifiable to RIDDOR has fallen again, to 164/100 000.

Significantly, no fatalities were reported in 2018 and the rate of specified (major) accidents was also lower than in 2017, at just over 52 / 100,000. The main causes of injuries were falls, slips and trips and there was one reportable injury due to electric shock.

Steve Brawley, Managing Director of JIB, said: “It is very encouraging to report that the reportable accident rate in our industry continues to decline, and that means that the rate of such accidents is now, remarkably, just over 10%. from what it was in 2001, the year we started collecting data for the industry’s highly successful ZAP security initiative.

Paul Reeve, CSR Director of CEA, added: “Since the turn of the millennium, the accident rate reported by participating companies has improved almost constantly. The 2018 figures mean that the accident rate has fallen by almost 90% since 2001, which is a great achievement. In fact, the number of reporters at RIDDOR – out of a sample of over 13,500 agents – is now so low that in 2019 we will be asking companies for additional details on any “one-day accident”. While these accidents are not reportable to RIDDOR, it will give us more data to work with in the future. ”

Rob Miguel, Unite National Health and Safety Advisor, added: “While these new figures are welcome and show huge improvements in safety in the electricity industry over the past two decades, JIB is also striving to improve occupational health. .

“The JIB Occupational Health Scheme offers operators employed by a JIB member company the opportunity to receive a fully funded occupational health assessment every three years. This facility, funded by the JIB Benefits Scheme, will provide a variety of benefits, including improved compliance with health and safety legislation, meeting customer and prime contractor requirements, and helping people identify and resolve health problems at an earlier stage. This assessment looks for the health effects that could be caused by the situations people are exposed to at work and highlights the actions that employers will need to take to protect the health and well-being of their employees and our members.

Patricia D. Rutt