The Health and Safety Executive has revealed slips, trips and falls within food manufacturing companies is costing the industry £17m per year.
HSE said in 2008-09 year there were 274 major injuries and 1004 minor ones within food and drink producers which resulted in employees taking three days or more off work.
Across all areas of UK business, slips, trips and falls cost the UK approximately £800m, the HSE said.
The public accident prevention body released the statistics as it unveiled the latest phase of it Shattered Lives campaign. It is issuing sector specific information and advice for seven main areas: Health and Social Care; Education; Food Retail; Food and Drinks Manufacture; Catering and Hospitality; Building and Plant Maintenance; and Construction.
There is a range of posters, check sheets and e-learning toolkits available to download from hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives.
The Health and Safety Executive’s food manufacturing poster: