Norwich Union reaches new heights

Article date: 26 November 2004

Norwich Union Risk Services is hosting a seriesof seminars for brokers and health and safety managers on theimplications of the new Working at Height Regulations, due to comeinto force early 2005.

Held across the UK, the seminars will outlineways in which all risk professionals can help avoid accidentscaused by working at height.

By removing the old two-metre limit, the newRegulations will now affect people across a huge range ofindustries working with equipment ranging from kick stools andstepladders to scaffolding and work access platforms.

Brian Wallace, head of Norwich Union RiskServices, said: "Working at height is the UK’s most dangerousaccident category, resulting in 70 fatalities and around 5,000serious injuries a year.

"We welcome the HSE’s decision tointroduce more stringent regulations, which include implementingformal procedures for identifying hazards, guidelines on selectingwork equipment and introducing safe working practices.

"We would urge risk professionals to prepare forthe legislative challenges ahead by ensuring they are up to datewith the latest guidelines."

To attend, please visit call 0500 559977.

Seminar dates and locations:
Bristol13 January 2005
Manchester 3 February 2005
Darlington 22 February 2005
Glasgow 3 March 2005
Newbury 19 April 2005
Solihull 29 June 2005


For press information, please contact:
Alison Owen at Staniforth on 0161 274 0100 or David Ross at NorwichUnion on 08703 66 68 65/07786 526350.

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