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Dwˆ r Cymru Welsh Water | Annual Report of Health and Safety | 2009

Review of major accidents Of the 34 reportable accidents experienced in 2008-09, nine resulted in major injuries, seven of which resulted from slips trips and falls and two as a result of from being stuck by a moving object.

Major reportable injuries are dened in RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) and are mainly concerned with fractures, dislocations, loss of sight, chemical burns, electrical shock or burn, or loss of consciousness.

Causes of Injury

Body part injuries

% 34 Slipped, tripped or fell on same level 24 Handling, lifting or carrying 16 Other 10 Hit by moving object 8 Hit by something xed or stationary 3 Exposure/contact with a harmful substance 2 Hit by moving vehicle 2 Fell from height 2 Contact with moving machinery

Contact with electricity physically assaulted Injured by an animal

Each of the major injuries in 2008-09 was a bone fracture: ve were to feet or legs, three to arms or hands and one to the ribs. The remaining 25 reportable accidents were classed as ‘reportable’ as they resulted in lost time exceeding three days.

% 26 Hand/nger/wrist 16 Leg/knee

17 Head/neck 12 Foot/ankle/toe 11 Arm/elbow/shoulder 13 Back 3 Eyes 2 Chest

A total of 325 days were lost due to these major injuries, which equates to 39% of the total time lost due to injury.

2008-09 performance data and future challenges

  • Number of reportable accidents continue to fall (3% since last year)

  • Non reportable injury numbers are 3% higher than last year

  • AIR (accident injury rates) both reportable and non-reportable are improving (falling from 791 to 700 for reportable accidents, and from 8452 to 7898 for non-reportable accidents)

  • The number of days lost to injury is broadly the same as in 2007-08, albeit that the number of employees and total hours worked have increased by 10% and 11% respectively

In 2009-10 the challenge will be to maintain the overall rate of progress we have achieved to date, whilst speeding up progress on the areas we have targeted for continuous improvement. This will involve a concerted focus on behavioural safety issues and will require the successful delivery and deployment of our ‘AMA AWARE’ OH&S Campaign. Behavioural safety will also be the major theme for our third annual occupational health and safety conference in June 2009.


75% of all reportable accidents last year could have been avoided – That is over 20 serious accidents.


By all of us to accept that the way we behave can lead to unnecessary accidents.


Take increased care before work. Ensure we undertake personal risk assessments as we carry out our work.


That the way we approach our work can aect our safety.

This campaign programme will consist of renewed eorts in the following areas with the aim of achieving a 10% reduction in our Reportable Accident Incident Rate and a 15% reduction in work related illnesses:


Leadership teams in the AMA committed to Health and Safety. Managers as role models for good Health and Safety.


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