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Analysis of accident data for 2007-08 showed that two accident causes (slips, trips and falls on the same level, and handling, lifting and carrying) accounted for a signicant proportion (68%) of all accidents.

Signicant attention was given to improving performance in these areas in 2008-09, as a result of which this number fell to 58% of all accidents (reportable accidents: 55%; non reportable accidents: 58%). This shows that we still have room for improvement as, together, these injury types accounted for 66% of all time lost due to injury (i.e. 542 days). Improving performance further still is a main objective for 2009-10, which will benet the health and well being of sta and, consequentially, improve the operational eciency of the business.

Dangerous occurrences There were no dangerous occurrences recorded during 2008-09 (2007-08: 4)

Near hit reporting A Near hit is an event or incident that has the potential to cause harm, without actually doing so. Near hit (or near miss) reporting is therefore positive, and is encouraged, as the resulting information can be used to notify others of potential risks and to revise safe working processes and procedures. In 2008-09 near hit reporting increased by 42% (from 537 events to 761).

Reportable diseases There was a single incident of reportable disease recorded in 2008-09 (2007-08: 0).

Following regular and routine Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) surveillance by one of Welsh Water’s partnering contractors, an operative was referred to the Occupational Health Practitioner, who diagnosed HAVS. On investigation, it was conrmed that this was caused not as a result of working for the AMA, but from exposure to vibration in work undertaken for a previous employer. The individual was subsequently engaged in duties that did not involve the use of vibrating tools. No days were lost as a result of this incident.

Enforcement actions There was no enforcement action (HSE prosecution, prohibition notices or improvement notice) initiated against any AMA partner in 2008-09, although HSE investigation of the fatality at Prioress Mill Pumping Station in 2006 has yet to be concluded. No enforcement action has been taken in any of the past ve years.

Monitoring days lost due to Illness Since 2000, Welsh Water has recorded ill health absence in line with the Water UK Clearwater 2010 programme.

Clearwater 2010 is supported by all UK water companies to improve the occupational health of the 240,000 direct and indirect workers in the water industry. It is designed to demonstrate that water companies are responsible employers through a ten year commitment to improving industry performance against seven monitored risks, ve of which are specically work related.

The monitored risks are:

  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) related absences

  • Back related injuries

  • Other muscular skeletal disorder related absences

  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) related absences

  • Gastro intestinal Infections

  • Stress related absences

  • Upper Respiratory Infection Absences (non-work related)

In 2008-09, a total of 23,281 days were lost as a result of illness amongst the 4,869 AMA employees. This is a welcome 9% reduction compared with 2007-08 (25,534 days lost; 4,425 employees) and reduces the average days lost per employee from 5.77 to 4.78

The highest proportion of absences related to back injuries and other muscular skeletal disorders which resulted in 3,798 days lost, or

    • 16.3

      % of all illness absences. 3319 days were lost

    • (14.3

      %) to stress related issues (although stress

is not specically dened as being work or non work related), and 2838 days (12.2%) to upper respiratory infections.

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