The Revitalising Health and Safety strategy statement, launched in June 2000, set three national targets for improving health and safety performance by 2010:
• to reduce the incidence rate of fatalities and major injuries by 10%;
• to reduce the incidence rate of cases of work-related ill health by 20%;
• to reduce the number of working days lost per worker from work-related injury and ill
health by 30%;
• and to achieve half the improvement under each target by 2004.
Stress or overwork, injuries and illnesses caused by the poor use of display screen equipment, repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and slips and trips top the list of Welsh workers' safety concerns, according to the TUC's biennial survey of safety reps published today [27-10-2008].
An average of 197 landscape services workers1 died from on-the-job injuries each year between 2003 and 20062. The fatality rate for the landscape services industry, about 25 deaths per 100,000 workers, is similar to that for more recognized high-risk industries such as agriculture and mining. Although landscape services workers make up 0.8% of the U.S. workforce, they experienced 3.5% of the total occupational fatalities.