Every day or week of the year seems to mark a celebration of some kind or strive to raise awareness, whether that is Gas Safety Week (16-22 September 2013) or National Hug Day (January 21).

Figures show that 5,000 people sustain fatal injuries in the EU every year.

And this week (October 21-25) is European Safety Week, which aims to raise awareness and improve the standards of health and safety in workplaces across Europe.

This is the biggest awareness-raising event of its kind, and with more than 5,000 people sustaining fatal injuries in the EU every year as a result of workplace accidents, its importance cannot be understated.

The event is coordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and is implemented by its partners in the 28 member states of the EU.

Many of the lives lost and thousands of injuries might have been saved or prevented with improvements in health and safety standards, such as anticipating risks and putting suitable safety and preventative measures in place.

Two heads are better than one

The main message of European Safety Week is ‘Working together for risk prevention’, highlighting that good leadership combined with active worker participation can bring about drastic improvements in health and safety in the workplace.

Dr Christa Sedlatschek, Director of EU-OSHA, stressed that organisations with high worker participation and high management commitment are ten times more likely to have a documented occupational safety and health policy in place.

She said: “The most effective results in managing and improving the safety and health of an organisation are found when workers and their representatives are actively engaged with management — leadership alone is not enough.

“The benefits of such an approach are enormous and include reduced business costs and increased productivity, fewer accidents and improved prevention and control of workplace risks.”

If you are unlucky enough to have an accident in the workplace during European Safety Week, or at any other time, get in touch with Lampkin & Co as they can pursue an accident at work claim on your behalf if negligence or blame can be attributed to another party.