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LINPAC Packaging has set itself a new record for its health and safety success by racking up more than 8,700 lost time accident free days in its manufacturing and sales and distribution sites across Europe, South America and China.


As of the December 31st 2011, the food packaging company had achieved a total of 8,727 lost time accident free days for its 3,000+ people employed throughout its 18 manufacturing sites and numerous sales and distribution facilities - several sites alone each achieved 1,000 lost time accident free days.


John Jones, Group HR and HSHE (Human Resources and Health, Safety, Hygiene and Environment) Director at LINPAC said: “The dramatic decline in accidents and incidents over the past three years has fed through straight to our bottom line for our investors but best of all we are keeping our people safe.”


Mark Reynolds, Group HSHE and Energy Manager, added: “We began by gradually moving away from the idea that LINPAC Packaging simply had to deliver statutory requirements throughout the world to meet its targets, to a position where every LINPAC employee is fully aware of their roles and responsibilities to protect themselves and others. We have driven our core strategy of continuous improvement to ensure that all accident, incidents and near misses are fully investigated and closed out through a seven step programme which is subsequently communicated to, and adopted by all our sites worldwide.”


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Legal & General has recently published analyses of its Group Income Protection (GIP) claim statistics. In the first of a series of publications, Legal & General’s statistics show that GIP claims for mental health are highest in the ‘finance and insurance’ sector and lowest in ‘mining and oil & gas extraction.’


In a ground-breaking analysis of all of Legal & General’s GIP claims since 2000, the figures show that 31% of claims were


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for mental health issues and the proportion of mental health claims is increasing, having gone up by 6% points since 2005, from 25% to 31%. 44% of notifications in the ‘Finance and Insurance’ sector were related to mental health, 13% points higher than the average.


The publication of these statistics ties into the Health & Safety Executive’s Labour Force Survey, which estimated that 10.8 million working days were lost in 2010/11 to


mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety. Commenting on the findings, Diane Buckley, Managing Director of Legal & General Group Income Protection, said: “Our mental health claim figures, which have increased by six percentage points in the last six years, show how important it is for employers to help their staff with mental health issues, particularly in the finance and insurance industry where 44% of claims are


because of them. Keeping our claims transparent will further aid our efforts to get individuals back into work. In the coming months we will publish analyses which examine notifications for arthritis; back problems; cardiovascular; chronic fatigue syndrome; digestive; musculoskeletal; nervous system; respiratory and cancer.”


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