ZAP initiative responsible for massive drop in injuries

The ECA’s 2007 accident figures indicate that work-related injuries have been halved over the last six years.

The statistics highlight the success of ECA’s Zero Accident Potential (ZAP) programme.

Since its launch in 2001, ZAP has helped member firms to implement effective safety measurements. The result has been a 50% drop in RIDDOR-reportable accidents.

Figures also indicate a 59% fall in major accidents during the same period.

David Pollock, ECA Group CEO, said: “I commend our members for achieving such significant improvements to their safety performance.

“We are already in phase two of the ZAP initiative, which is looking to achieve a 75% reduction in major injuries by 2010.

“ZAP’s progress will continue to be measured through robust accident statistics provided by the JIB and we will continue to update the industry of achievements towards this challenging but highly beneficial target.”

Through the initiative, the ECA provides free information, publications, events, and best practice workshops for members.

The association also sets clear targets for improvement to allow effective monitoring and reporting of the industry’s performance.

Paul Reeve, ECA health, safety and environment manager said: “These figures show that there has been a step change in awareness and improved safety management in our industry.

“Our next ZAP output for members – to be launched later this year – will be practical forms that will demystify how to do site-based risk assessments and method statements.”