Construction firms know they have a legal responsibility to supply and enforce the correct PPE but many are not aware of the true cost of getting it wrong.
Latest research shows just over 9,000 incidents a year directly related to the improper provision and use of PPE – 39 of which were fatal. Approximately 450 health and safety offences were prosecuted last year. The average fine was around £16,000. The average cost to the employer per case was £180,000 for fatal accidents and £3,400 for reportable injuries.
Ollie McGovern of Donseed says: “There is a real cost to the employer if an accident occurs through the incorrect use or absence of PPE. 62% of the total cost of incidents could have been prevented if the correct PPE was used. We understand that it is often difficult to enforce the use of PPE on sites but our software makes it compulsory for workers to acknowledge what equipment they should be wearing. The acknowledgment is recorded and immediately you have a clear trail of evidence proving your commitment to health and safety. In many cases this evidence can help avoid a hefty fine or claim against an employer.”
As well as recording health and safety information on construction sites, Donseed’s specialist software also manages time and attendance, environmental activity and cost control.
Research sources: HSE: Costs to Britain of workplace injuries and work-related ill health: 2010/11 update. HSE: Construction – Work related injuries and ill health: 2011/12.