Employers are encouraged to use a free fall prevention resource

THE ROYAL Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is calling on employers to make a real difference in people’s lives on World Day for Safety and Health at Work, by taking part in our free Fall Fighter initiative .

Every April 28, the International Labor Organization (ILO) celebrates its World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The initiative, which began in 2003, is an international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work worldwide.

April 28 is also International Workers’ Memorial Day, which is officially recognized by the government, and sees the British workforce reflect on the many people who are killed, seriously injured or become ill in the line of duty. .

RoSPA encourages organizations to use April 28 to tackle the major health and safety issue of falls in the home by participating in its Fall Fighter campaign. Falls are the most common cause of injury in the UK and most falls happen in the home, causing untold pain and suffering for thousands of people each year. Over the past two years, COVID restrictions have led many employees to spend more time at their place of residence.

The impact of falls can be devastating to individuals and their loved ones, resulting in physical injury and death, long-term health effects and disabilities, trauma, poor mental health, loss of mobility, loneliness , social isolation and loss of independence. Falls also have a huge impact on society, costing the NHS and wider health systems more than £4billion every year and disrupting businesses through staff absences and other associated costs.

Despite this, making simple and inexpensive changes can prevent falls from occurring. The new Fall Fighter movement, developed in partnership with RSA Insurance Group, is designed to educate and empower people through a simple awareness session, turning each of them into a “Fall Fighter” who can then help family, friends and other members of his community.

Employers and organizations can download a short, free self-directed workshop to conduct with others, or download the SCORM-compliant e-learning files to upload to their own e-learning system.

RoSPA Chief Executive Errol Taylor said, “We call on employers to join us in our mission to prevent falls. Every employee could become a Fall Fighter and a huge power for good. By offering our free on-the-job training, businesses and organizations can swell the ranks of the Fall Fighter community – a little knowledge goes a long way, both inside and outside the workplace.

For more information visit www.rospa.com/world-day-for-safety-and-health-at-work

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