A young child got their arm trapped in the returning handrail of an escalator. The child was trapped for a period of time until the emergency services managed to cut free the arm from the handrail and steel casing. The parent was seeking advice from the helpdesk when the child had moved away from the parent. Within this short time
A window fitter was trimming off a piece of plastic edging strip with his Stanley knife. He was holding the plastic strip in his hand and supporting it between his knees. The knife blade had just been changed as the previous one was blunt. As he cut downwards the new blade sliced through the plastic and his thumb, cutting the
A Service Partner employee recently broke their pelvis as a result of her lower leg and foot becoming entangled / caught up in the cord of a window blind, whilst they were cleaning the sill and frame of a window. The entanglement caused the individual to fall.
The subsequent investigation into the accident, revealed that when the “Venetian window blinds”
In recent weeks there have been a number of accidents where people have fallen whilst ascending or descending stairs. If the individuals had been holding the handrail then the accidents would have been avoided and no injuries suffered.
HANDRAILS are situated on staircases for a reason to provide support to individuals as they ascend or descend stairs.
Key learning points
Three individuals fractured a finger whilst competing the following activities or actions;
• Pushing a door open
• Trapping a finger between the door and frame of a sliding wardrobe
• Trapping a finger between the rungs of a ladder when it was being moved
Four individuals broke a bone in their wrist, as a result of the following;
A Client employee was injured when they stood on a floor-box, whilst they were pushing their chair past a colleague’s desk. The floor-box collapsed, causing the individual to fall to the floor, which resulted in hospital treatment for a badly bruised wrist.
The Client’s accident investigation confirmed the cause of the accident to be a poorly sited floor-box. The
While working on a site an operator had loaded and started the compression cycle on a Bramidan Baler. As he walked away the door burst off its hinges narrowly missing him.
Key learning points
It was concluded the accident was caused by an unexpected material failure. The consequences would have been more severe had the operative not moved away from
The FMA Health & Safety Working Group is now seeking submission of the latest health and safety accident data for the annual benchmarking tool. This tool is the result of a survey of FMA members, many of whom are large world-class facilities management companies, and reports the findings accident rates per hours worked. The data is collated and
Paul Richards, QSHE Director for Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has been appointed chair of the Health and Safety Working Group of the Facilities Management Association (FMA).
The FMA is the UK’s leading representative trade body for employers in the FM sector engaged
The FMA has now published a health and safety performance benchmark. This tool is the result of a survey of FMA members, manu of whom are large world-class facilities management companies, and reports the findings accident rates per hours worked. The tool will enable any organisation working in the facilities management sector to benchmark their performance.