date: 23 December 2002
embargo: 00.01 hrs, Tuesday, 7 January 2003
Workers in the North West are worried about all the main workplace hazards - stress, RSI and display screen equipment - but they are also having to contend with back strains, slips and trips and noise, according to a TUC survey of workplace union safety reps published today (Tuesday).
The main issues of concern in the region were:
North West TUC Regional Secretary Alan Manning said:
'The suggestion that new hazards at work replace the old ones certainly isnt true in the North West. We cannot afford to be complacent when problems like noise and dusts are still around, and new diseases like RSI need to be addressed by a partnership of unions and employers. Most worrying of all is that slips and trips - which cause 9,000 broken bones every year around the country - are such a feature of a third of the North Wests workplaces.'
Notes to Editors:
738 safety reps in the region took part in the national survey, which the TUC conducts every two years. The full survey, Health and safety 2002, is published on 7 January as part of the TUCs Trade Union Trends series. Copies are available priced £30 from TUC Publications (0207).
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Press release (500 words) issued 7 Jan 2003
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