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We work hard to develop premium health and safety products to help you keep your staff and visitors safe, after all it's the law. This page details some interesting facts about health and safety last year and provides insight in to how many accidents could have been prevented with solutions from our extensive range of health and safety products.

Health & Safety: The Law

The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974 requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable, which means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the risk in terms of money, time or trouble.*

Build in HSWA act, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Regulation 3) requires employers to assess risks including slip and trip risks and take action where necessary.*

Workplace injury - all industries

  • An estimated 646 000 workers had an accident at work last year. 231 000 of these injuries led to over 3 days absence from work and 175 0ut of office to over 7 days (LFS).*

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Victims of accidents involving wet floor in shopping and other public areas*

  • Last year an estimated of 654 people suffered a major accident (those that needed hospital treatment) as a result of wet flooring in shopping centres and other public areas. Figure below shows that the most common location is shopping centres followed by bars, public houses, inns and social clubs.

Accidents involving wet floor by location*

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*Figures from the Health & Safety Executive - RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) and RoSPA

Slips and trips in the work place count for an alarming number of workplace injuries. You can read more on our recent blog about how much this costs the UK businesses - Workplace Health and Safety blog.

Our brollymac wet umbrella solutions protect hard floors from rain water being transported in to your building via umbrellas, thus reducing slips and trips. There's a solution to suit every size venue. Explore the brollymac range.

 


 HOW MUCH DOES IT RAIN IN THE UK?

Find out how much rain we get in the UK and where gets the most rainfall.

UK Rainfall Graph*

The graph below shows the monthly rainfall for 2013.

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Where gets the most rain?*

Statistically, the wettest part of the UK is the western Highlands in Scotland, which get over three metres of rainfall a year.

Other rainy parts of the UK include:

  • North-West England - especially the Lake District in Cumbria and western facing slopes of the Pennines.
  • Western and Central Wales - particularly the mountainous Snowdonia region in the north.
  • South-West England - mainly the higher elevation areas of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin moor.
  • Parts of Northern Ireland.

 Why do some places get more rain than others?*

The map below shows a clear divide between the North-West and South-East of the UK.

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The prevailing warm moist westerly winds mean that the west of the UK is more likely to receive rainfall from Atlantic weather systems - in the form of frontal rainfall. These weather systems usually move from west to east across the UK and as they do so the amount of rainfall they deposit reduces. This is because the mountains in the north and west of the UK cause lots of the rainfall to fall in those locations as the clouds are too 'heavy' to move over the higher ground - this is known as orographically enhanced or relief rainfall. Of course, frontal and orographic rainfall is not the only rainfall mechanisms, but they are the most common.

 *Information from the Met Office (2012)


THE HISTORY OF UMBRELLAS

Umbrellas - Interesting facts you never knew

  • Umbrella is derived from the Latin word Umbra, which means shade.
  • Brolly is a synonym for umbrella that is commonly used in countries such as Britain and Australia. Other synonyms of umbrella include gamp, sunshade, rainshade, bumbershoot and parapluie.
  • The first umbrellas were for protection from the sun.
  • The origins of the umbrella are China in 11th century B.C. although ancient sculptures have been found in Nineveh, Persepolis and Thebes depicting the use of umbrellas.
  • The first umbrellas were most probably a converted branch of a tree (for example giant Banana Leaves) or a hat on a stick, which gave rise to the umbrella, as we know it today.
  • Catherine of Braganza was said to have introduced umbrellas to England when she married Charles II.
  • During the period 1685 – 1705, a waterproof umbrella was established and the inclemency of the English weather ensured the umbrella’s success.
  • In 1750, the Englishman Jonas Hanway set out to popularise the umbrella and Hanway carried an umbrella wherever he went.
  • Due to the efforts of Hanway, MacDonald, and other enterprising individuals, the umbrella became a common accessory. The umbrella became so popular that by the mid-twentieth century, etiquette demanded that the uniform of the English gentleman include hat, gloves, and umbrella.

*Information from Crawford, T. S. (1970), A History Of The Umbrella, New York: Taplinger Publishing