Safe Maintenance

A new European initiative has been launched which highlights the risks during maintenance and repair work and how to avoid them.

It is estimated that between 25% and 30% of all manufacturing industry deaths in Britain result from maintenance activity, with common causes of fatalities and major injuries including falls from height and failure to properly isolate machinery so that it restarts while being worked on. The British campaign includes a 'one stop shop' safe maintenance section of the HSE website, which features a checklist to assess how good current maintenance practices are and pointers on how to improve. HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, said: ‘Maintenance work is often seen simply as a disruption to normal service, but it is fundamental to the integrity of every system and to the health and safety of workers and the public. All organisations, irrespective of their size and purpose, need to take the opportunity to look at how they plan and manage maintenance to see if improvements could be made. With planning and the right skills it can be done efficiently and will lead to increased production and better service delivery.’