A new, national strategy is needed to prevent injuries at work and elsewhere, says Lesley Rankin.

It’s Zahra’s first day back at work, as her office reopens after several months. Before this year, she wouldn’t have said her job at an IT services company was a dangerous one – bar the odd stray cable on the floor. But now she’s worried for her safety in her average office environment. The dangers of working in sectors like agriculture and construction are well known, but who could have imagined a water-cooler conversation with colleagues would become so risky?

Zahra’s not alone – a recent survey by Aviva found 35 per cent of people returning to work don’t trust their employer to make the workplace Covid-secure. Workplaces which would previously be considered ‘low risk’, such as retail, hospitality and offices, may have a higher infection risk than those such as farms where much of the work is outdoors.

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