Holiday injury news -
18/08/2009

IOSH responds to holiday deaths article


The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has written to the Independent on Sunday in response to an article detailing the risks of holiday injury from old-fashioned guest houses failing to have up-to-date health and safety precautions in place.

The original article, written earlier this month, detailed faulty smoke alarms and blocked escape routes that could contribute to a holiday accident, and indicated that the establishments interviewed were using potentially inappropriate fire safety documents and insufficient hotel and guest house insurance policies.

Furthermore, the IOSH indicates that this may be a symptom of a growing tendency for "cheap sniggering" at the kind of health and safety rules that can help people avoid personal injury, work accidents and industrial disease, that "at worst leads us to human tragedy and shattered lives."

Both pieces follow the tragic holiday injury deaths of three people in a Newquay blaze.

 

 
 
 
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