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Tracey Graham: European week for Health and Safety at work

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) contributes to making Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work. I applaud their initiatives in this regard, and mention to you that this week is European Week for Safety and Health at Work. It is quite staggering to note that every year in the EU there are 5,580 fatal work-related accidents, and millions of people are injured or have their health seriously harmed in the workplace. During the week of 24 to 28 October a series of awareness-raising events, including workshops, seminars and exhibitions will be held with a particular focus on safe maintenance. The week is part of the Healthy Workplaces campaign which has been organised by EU-OSHA and its partners across the EU and further afield.EU-OSHA researches, develops, and distributes reliable, balanced, and impartial safety and health information and organises pan-European awareness raising campaigns. It was set up by the European Union in 1996 and is based in Bilbao, Spain. The Agency brings together representatives from the European Commission, Member State governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations, as well as leading experts in each of the EU-27 Member States and beyond. Dr Christa Sedlatschek, Director of EU-OSHA  has stated that, since April 2010, the campaign has mobilised some 10,000 people through more than a hundred partnership meetings and a series of media activities, to bring safe maintenance to the fore. Benefits for organisations of being a campaign partner include greater employee engagement (43%) and better networking activities (64%).  This can only be good news. I have long been an advocate of education being the key to prevention.The European Week aims to consolidate these activities, with many of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign events focused around this week. The campaign concludes with the Healthy Workplaces Summit 2011 in Bilbao on 22 and 23 November.Tracey Graham is a partner in Personal Injury in the Manchester office of Russell Jones & Walker.If you or a member of your family has suffered an accident or an injury please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9046, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist personal injury team will review your compensation claim for free.