Council praised over good safety record

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CALDERDALE Council has improved its health and safety record, a report has revealed.

Accident rates and overall reports of violence and abuse to staff fell from 208 to 161 between September 2010 and September 2011.

There were just 30 reportable incidents to the Health and Safety Executive, two fewer than the previous year, and the number of minor injuries fell from 83 to 66.

The report by the council’s principal health and safety adviser Martin Allingham also revealed that the number of council workers taking e-learning safety modules had more than doubled from 697 people to 1,430 since the previous report.

Calderdale’s accident rate is also lower than both the national and Yorkshire averages.

At the latest Cabinet meeting, councillors praised the improvement in the figures.

Councillor John Beacroft-Mitchell (Luddenden Foot, Lib Dem) said: “The report gives us confidence and the low number of recorded accidents in Calderdale reflects how well we’ve done.

“We’ve now had a good record for a number of years, but we shouldn’t be complacent and must acknowledge that this is a very important part of our work.”

However, the report revealed the number of injuries in school increased by 50 per cent. Last year there were 18 pupils injured, with that figure growing to 27 this year.

Despite a fall in violence and aggression towards staff, the number of incidents of physical abuse increased.