Sharp drop in meat processing injuries

Statistics from the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) show that workplace injury rates in the meat processing industry have fallen sharply.

Since the introduction of the Recipe for Safety initiative bet-ween the food and drink manufacturing industry and the Health & Safety Executive in the early 1990s, meat and poultry processing injury rates have fallen by 67%.

FDF statistics reveal that injury rates continue to fall throughout the industry. Major injuries have dropped by 22% to 1,047 since 2004/05 and the overall incident rate has fallen by about 17% to 1,450 per 100,000 employees.

Julian Hunt, director of communications at the FDF, said: "As a major UK employer, we have a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment. This is something we take very seriously.

"A safe workforce is also vital in ensuring the continued success of the food and drink manufacturing sector. Ultimately, the industry is striving for low injury rates, and I am delighted to see that FDF's ongoing work with the HSE and other partners is bearing fruit."

The Recipe for Safety initiative encompasses the Food & Drink Manufacture Health & Safety ­Forum, which is driving forward a range of priority health and safety issues to further reduce the main causes of injury and occupational ill health.

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