Safety issues in the plastics industry

Protecting the safety of workers in plastics companies is an important part of health and safety management.  Accident rates between 2004 and 2009 show that 3 main areas of safety contributed to the highest rates of injury to workers. 

  • Machine safety - Between 2004 and 2009 14% of all reportable accidents happened as a result of contacting moving machinery.¬†Machine safety resulted in the largest number of enforcement notices served by HSE in plastic companies between April 2010 and November 2010.
  • Slips and trips - 19% of accidents in plastic companies during the same period were caused as a result of trips or slips in the workplace.
  • Work at height in Plastics - 64 workers were injured between 2004 and 2009 as a result of a fall from height in the workplace.

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Updated 2023-05-02