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£7.8bn cost of accidents

Workplace accidents and work-related sickness could be costing UK employers as much as £7.8bn a year, according to the latest Health & Safety Executive figures. The hardest hit industry is construction, with sales people the least likely to be workplace victims. Those in craft and related occupations are the most accident-prone. www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/dayslost.htm

Lack of consultation

Nearly 90 per cent of UK organisations have yet to address the issue of information and consultation in the workplace, according to a survey by the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). The IPA said: “We are concerned that the deadline for establishing pre-existing agreements is fast approaching, and companies may be leaving things too late.” www.ipa-involve.com

Enterprising competition

Enterprising Young Brits was launched last week. Whether through a business start-up, social enterprise or as an enterprising employee in an organisation, competition organisers the Daily Mail and LloydsTSB are looking for young people who have made their mark. The closing date is 27 October. www.starttalkingideas.org

Interactive initiative

Recruitment consultant Courtenay HR has developed a talent pooling initiative for financial services firm HBOS by creating an interactive ‘pre-engagement’ campaign that introduces the firm to job applicants before they had thought about applying. Managing director Gareth Jones said the initiative starts with an e-card that introduces the company to candidates. Courtenay then picks up a longer-term dialogue with the potential candidates, managing and ring-fencing this pool of talent on behalf of the organisation.

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