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Arco is supporting the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Shattered Lives campaign to help businesses drive down the cost of injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.

According to the latest HSE statistics, in 2007/8 slipping and tripping remained the most common kind of major injury with nearly 11,000 injuries reported.

Figures from 2006/7 confirmed that slips, trips and falls lead to the loss of 1,110,000 working days.

The HSE states that 80 per cent of all British employers regard these accidents as their biggest health and safety risk.

Introducing the Shattered Lives campaign earlier this year, Dr Elizabeth Gibby, head of the injuries reduction programme, HSE, said: ‘Each year slips, trips and falls cost the British society nearly GBP811m.

‘They can also have a shattering effect on businesses through costs such as employee absence, sick pay and reduced productivity.’ Arco continues to develop a wide range of safety products to help reduce risk in specific applications.

In a recent independent survey of slip resistant footwear, Arco was the sole stockist of two of the highest performing brands of all safety shoes: the Arco Safety Stop range and Shoes for Crews (SFC).

SFC has been designing slip-resistant footwear for several years.

To help keep people safe on their feet and minimise the risk of slipping, SFC has developed a non-slip technology that works in oily, greasy and icy conditions making it suitable for the toughest environment.

Its diamond shaped grid pattern and cleat depth provide slip resistance by channelling liquids away from the bottom of the sole.

‘We are in full support of the HSE’s Shattered Lives campaign and concur with its recommendations for reducing accidents,’ said Liz Johnsen, Arco’s product manager for footwear.

‘When selecting footwear, those responsible for purchasing often have to strike a balance between comfort, style and practicality, with safety remaining the number one criterion.’ Arco offers a wide range of styles and sizes to meet all requirements.

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