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Slips, trips and falls are the second largest cause of injury in the local government sector - accidents are curren...
Slips, trips and falls are the second largest cause of injury in the local government sector - accidents are currently running at around 5,300 a year with over 1,300 resulting in major injuries. In recognition of this, the HSC/HSE's Revitalising Health and Safety Strategy's targets require councils to reduce the number of days lost though accidents and work related ill-health by 15% in 2004 and 30% by 2010.

Urgent action is required to meet these targets and the Employers' Organisation for local government (EO) is holding a seminar on 18 June 2002, at the Doncaster Racecourse, for officers who have responsibility for managing activities which could impact upon slip and trip accidents.

'Slip and trip accidents are a serious issue, it is essential to change attitudes and get away from the comical image of slipping on a banana skin,' said Steve Sumner, Health and Safety consultant at the EO. He added: 'We will be holding this seminar around the country, to encourage and support local authorities to adequately manage slips risks.'

The seminar, organised in association with the Health and Safety Executive, Health and Safety Laboratory and LGMB Yorkshire & Humberside, will be led by Dr Steve Thorpe and also Steve Taylor, a specialist inspector with the HSE.

The seminar will include several practical exercises and case studies on floor coverings, and demonstrations of equipment and computer software recommended in research undertaken by the Health and Safety Laboratory.

Aimed at safety practitioners, architects, building maintenance managers, catering managers and cleansing contract managers, the seminar costs£125 (excluding VAT) per delegate.


1. Tel Mike Leitch, LGMB Yorkshire & Humberside for further information and a booking form for this seminar (0113 249 0180).

2. For further information on health and safety in local government contact Steve Sumner, EO Health and Safety Consultant on 01254 761075 or 020 7296 6766

3. Information on the government's Revitalising Health and Safety Strategy statement and the targets for improvement can be found on the Health and Safety Executive's website at

4. The Employers' Organisation for local government (EO) was established in April 1999 by the Local Government Association. The EO's role is to support local authorities by providing expert advice and leading the formulation of employers' policies on people management and development in local government.

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