Norwich Union helps prevent businesses 'slip-up'

Article date: 4 August 2006

Norwich Union has launched a risk management pack to helpbusinesses control the cost of slips and trips at work, whichcurrently amounts to £512million a year for UK employers*.

The Slips and Trips Management Pack contains acomprehensive set of documents designed to enable a property owneror manager to put in place a proactive risk management programme.These include working documents for use by the property owner.

John Whittaker, property underwriter at Norwich Union, comments:“Research shows that 50% of all reported accidents involvingthe public are caused by slips, trips and falls* and the associatedcost resulting from compensation claims and down-time to businessesare considerable.

“We have developed this pack toprovide property owning clients with practical support to help themmanage their business exposure to slip and trip accidents. It isnot often appreciated that in many cases these accidents arepreventable and the pack provides the guidance and tools needed toeducate and equip the property owner to reduce incidents, and atthe same time save costs.”

The launch of the pack coincides with theHealth and Safety Executive’s Watch Your Stepcampaign. Launched in October 2005, it aims to raise awareness ofhow slip and trip accidents can be avoided in the workplace andproposes solutions to deal with the problem.

To get your copy of the pack contact your regional underwriteror account manager at your local Norwich Union branch.

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For further information, please contact:
Clare Schofield or Jo Brearley at Staniforth on 0161 919 8495 orSally Leeman at Norwich Union on 01603 684225/07800 699670

*HSE documented research

Notes to editors

  • Norwich Union is the UK’s largest general insurer with amarket share of around 14%, with a focus on insurance forindividuals and small businesses.
  • It is a leading provider of life, pensions and investmentproducts and one of the largest Financial Adviser (FA)providers. FAs provide over 70% of the company's long-termsavings business in the UK.
  • Norwich Union’s news releases and a selection of imagesare available from Aviva's internet press centre at www.aviva.com/media

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