In the food and beverage industry accident prevention is a top priority due to the high volume of ingredients and food items utilized for processing in these plants. From oils and powder to syrup and water, liquids are a key ingredient to many of the food items processed in manufacturing facilities. According to an article titled “Falls from Height” on the Health and Safety Executive website, falls form height in the food and beverage industry account for 20% of fatal accidents and are the third highest cause of fatal injury. In addition, falls from height comprise 80 major injuries a year and 230 over 3-day absences each year.
Over the last three years a study was taken of where these falls took place; ladders, vehicles, machinery, platforms and stairs were the top places for injury. The article places emphasis on the need for safe access for employees, as well as preventing slips and falls, especially on stairs. Preventing the need for access to height and FLT forks proper use should also be enforced.
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“Falls from Height”. http://www.hse.gov.uk/food/falls.htm. Health and Safety Executive.