New employees 'more susceptible to accidents'

Employers should take the time to make sure any newcomers to their company receive effective health and safety training.

That is according to Judith Hackett, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who has said that fresh recruits and inexperienced professionals are most likely to get injured in an accident at work.

Ms Hackett explained that the rapid nature of expansion in the offshore wind sector may lead to an increased number of people with no prior experience of this type of work being recruited to operate in the sector.

This, the HSE official believes, is likely to result in a "sharp increase" in the number of safety-related incidents at such companies.

Furthermore, Ms Hackett noted that existing firms in the industry may struggle to adapt to unfamiliar hazards, meaning extensive training programmes will be needed.

Recently, Samsung Heavy Industries announced its intention to open its first offshore wind facility in Fife in the near future.

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03/02/2012 16:47