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Men are more likely to stray from safety procedures

Nearly two-thirds of men are in danger in their jobs because of poor workplace health and safety procedures.

A survey by WorkMobile prior to the pandemic reported that 61% of men hadn’t received any information on their company’s workplace health and safety policies or procedures despite the fact that 54% of men work in a hazardous role, compared to only 19% of women.

It also reported that 25% of men who have received safety guidance did not feel like the risks of the role were explained thoroughly enough, and 13% said the health and safety information had not been updated since they had received it and could be out-of-date.

Male workers are also much more likely than female workers to neglect their own wellbeing and stray from workplace health and safety procedures.

Sadly some businesses are continuing to fail to put in place even the most basic health and safety procedures to protect their workers most at risk of injury. They are failing to communicate, monitor, train and inform workers.

A report in 2015 backed this up, stating that “the added significance of present-day labour market forces on men’s occupational health and safety” meant male workers would continue to be more likely to work long hours, and suffer serious injury or ill health at work.

Make sure all your workers, male or female, are communicated with on health and safety issues affecting them. Make sure they are trained in what they do. Make sure they are listened to. Make sure they know and follow site rules.

International Men’s Day is every 19 November. Another major issue is that over three quarters of those who commit suicide in the UK are men. If you need help and support then talk to people you can trust. Or one of the numbers shown here.


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