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    HSE tells yards to get shipshape

    News // April 29, 2004
    The shipbuilding and ship repair industries have accident incidencerates almost twice that of all manufacturing, according to the UK's Health & Safety Executive.

    Earlier this month, the shipbuilding and ship repair industries health and safety committee was addressed by Justin McCracken, Deputy Director of the HSE, on the benefits of working together to reduce accidents.

    The 50th meeting of the Shipbuilding and Ship repair Health and Safety Consultative Committee (SSHSCC), took place on Wednesday 21st April 2004,hosted by Fleet Support Ltd (FSL), and discussed how the industry mightwork together to tackle five causes of accidents and ill health: work in confined spaces; slips, trips and falls; work place transport; contractors; and occupational health.

    James Barrett, Chairman of the SSHSCC and Head of HSE's ManufacturingSector said: "HSE has engaged with the shipbuilding and ship repair industriesover a number of years through the SSHSCC as a way of raising awareness of the issues facing them. We now wish to see the industry agree collectively to set targets and implement practical measures to reduce the rate of accidents and ill health. Partnership is the key - not just with HSE, but through a sharing of best practice with each other and a collective resolve to realise the benefits, including financial, of improved health and safety performance."

    Brad Hicks, FSL health, safety and environment manager, commented: "A lot of work still needs to be done on safety issues within the shipbuilding and ship repair industry and this meeting will launch a new approach. FSL and VT Shipbuilding will lead a nationwide initiative to look more closely at two specific areas; work in confined spaces and slips, trips and falls. Our role will be to take the lead in investigating the causes of such incidents to seek acommon industry approach into reducing accidents in these areas".

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