East England employers 'have worst health and safety'
Employees looking to work in the east of England beware. According to new reports employers in this region have the worst health and safety record across the entire UK, with the highest conviction rates and largest average fines.
Research conducted by Consult GEE shows that these employers paid out an average fine of £10,939 for health and safety breaches, suggesting a less than desirable health and safety record.
Overall, there was one conviction per 18,040 employees in the area as opposed to a national average of one in every 37,106, during 2005-06. Martin Pearce, health and safety expert at Consult GEE, argues that the nature of work in the east is largely responsible for these trends.
"The east is largely agricultural and there are many inherent risks of injury in this sector," he explained to Online Recruitment.
"Workers in the agricultural industry are exposed to daily hazards."
Recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease highlight the risks various risks attached to agricultural working.